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Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba retiring from football at the end of the season

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Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba who currently plays for Phoenix Rising in America’s USL, has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.

The 39-year-old striker revealed to RMC Sport that this season will be his last as a professional footballer.

‘Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season. At some point, you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects.’

The Ivorian star who spent a successful nine-year with Chelsea claimed 12 major trophies with the west London club. He scored 164 goals in 381 games for the club. Drogba won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League across two spells at the club.

After his incredible playing career at the Stamford Bridge, the former Ivory Coast international also played for Shanghai Shenhua (China), Galatasaray (Turkey) before moving to the US to play for Monreal Impact and later signed with Phoenix, where he currently plays.

Check out his senior career records below…

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Christiano Ronaldo Welcomes Fourth Baby

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Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has celebrated the birth of his fourth child – just hours after a reality TV star claimed he cheated on his girlfriend with her.

Ronaldo, 32, uploaded a photograph of his girlfriend Georgina Rodriquez, 22, holding their baby daughter next to him and his eldest son, Cristiano Jr.

He wrote on his Instagram page: ‘Alana Martina is just born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We are all very happy!’

The family arrived at the Hospital Quiron Universal in Madrid, near the footballer’s home on the nearby gated VIP estate La Finca, earlier on Sunday afternoon.

It was thought her first child – and Cristiano’s fourth – would be born around November 21. But on Sunday evening Ronaldo confirmed they were all ‘doing great’.

Georgina, who is half-Spanish and half-Argentinian, said in August how she was preparing for the birth of Alana Martina while eating a strict Mediterranean diet.

Ronaldo also said last week that being a father was an amazing experience.

He expanded his family in June with surrogate twins Eva and Mateo, who were born in a US hospital and brought back to Madrid where he lives by his doting mum.

Cristiano Jnr, 7, is also thought to have been born to a surrogate mother in the States.

Last week Ronaldo said: ‘Being a father is a unique and personal journey, something that has changed me completely.

‘It’s taught me things about love that I never knew existed. It has softened me and given me a different perspective on what is really important in my life.

‘I can’t wait to be a dad again. Being a father and seeing my family grow is without doubt the greatest privilege I’ve had.

‘Spending time with them, being by their side, smiling and laughing with them. They’ve brought a lot of happiness and joy to my life.’

The news comes just hours after model and reality TV star Natacha Rodrigues claims the pair had sex in March while he was in a committed relationship with Georgina.

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Super Falcons Forward Asisat Oshoala claims Chinese women’s League ‘Best Striker for 2017’

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Super Falcons of Nigeria forward and Dalian Quanjian FC footballer, Asisat Oshoala has been crowned Chinese women’s League  ‘Best Striker of the season’ for 2017.

 

The award comes after Asisat scored twice and provided two assists to help her club Dalian Quanjian FC beat Shanghai 5-3 in the Chinese Women’s Super Cup final on Tuesday.

 

The excited striker took to Instagram to show off her accolade and wrote: ‘All GOLD everything!! 2017 Chinese women’s league award, BEST STRIKER OF THE SEASON (Top Scorer) …. #GoldenGirl #Buzzing Alhamdulilah’

 

The Nigerian international who joined Dalian Quanjian from Arsenal Ladies in February emerged highest goal scorer in the league with 12 goals.

Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala crowned Chinese women?s League

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Super Eagles coach dedicates World Cup qualification to ex-keeper, Carl Ikeme who is battling Leukemia

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Super Eagles coach dedicates World Cup qualification to ex-keeper, Carl Ikeme who is battling?Leukemia

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has dedicated his team’s World Cup qualification to terminally-ill first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme.

 

The 31-year-old was in between the goal post for Nigeria in the first two games of the World Cup qualifying campaign, but his participation however ended when he was diagonised with Leukemia in July.

 

Rohr revealed the team promised Ikeme, who is undergoing Chemotherapy, a win and the world cup ticket in a telephone chat before the game in Uyo on Saturday.

 

In his words, “from day one, our goalkeeper, Ikeme Carl kept us in this race to qualify for Russia. In Ndola, he made great saves to help us come through with a win. He spoke with the captain and the whole team and we promised him we’ll win and qualify. So this win is for Ikeme”.

 

Nigeria qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Saturday, after an Alex Iwobi 73rd minute goal against Zambia.

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Alex Iwobi’s goal sends Nigeria to Russia 2018 World Cup

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have now qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 73-minute goal by Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi against Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

 

With this victory, Nigeria becomes the first African country to qualify for the tournament taking place next year, joining other countries like Russia, Germany, Brazil, England and others who have all qualified as well.

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Mikel Obi, Iheanacho, join 15 others In Super Eagles Camp ahead of World Cup qualifier on Saturday

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Mikel Obi, Iheanacho, join 15 others In Super Eagles Camp ahead of World Cup qualifier on Saturday

Mikel Obi, Super Eagles captain, has arrived in camp, alongside Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, as the latest stars to join the Uyo camp of the team, ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Other players in the camp include: Elderson Echiejile, Odion Ighalo, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ahmed Musa, Shehu Abdullahi, Mikel Agu, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Anthony Nwakaeme, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and two standby players, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Afeez Aremu, both of Akwa United.

The Eagles will face the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Uyo Stadium on Saturday at 5pm.

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‘We could leave Spanish La liga if Catalonia gain independence from Spain’ – Barcelona F.C confirm

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Barcelona football club of Spain have confirmed exit rumours making the rounds after a referendum on Sunday that aimed at making the region of Catalonia gain independence from Spain, was marred with violent scenes and police brutality, with hundreds receiving serious injuries.

Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu , after watching his team play a 3-0 win over Las Palmas played behind closed doors, has finally revealed that the club would have to discuss the possibility of leaving La Liga if Catalonia gained independence from Spain.

“This situation does not exist so far,” he said on Monday.

“But with regards to things that can happen in the future, it is something that the board of directors would discuss. It would be something to analyse calmly.

“If we discuss the subject intensely then obviously we will find the best solution. But if this [independence] happens, the board of directors will see.”

Catalonia’s sport minister, Gerard Figueras, has suggested that Barca could play in the Premier League if the region secedes from Spain, citing Swansea City as an example of a club from a different country playing in England’s top-flight.

“In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga – Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona – will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the Premier League,” said Figueras

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FIFA fines Nigeria $31,000

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FIFA has fined Nigeria $31,000 for crowd disorder during last month’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo, which the Super Eagles  won 4-0.

German football  federation was fined 32,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) because fans chanted Nazi slogans  at a World Cup qualifying game in the Czech Republic.

“The range of charges against Germany included fans encroaching on the field and setting off fireworks at the game in Prague,” FIFA said.

About 200 German supporters chanted slogans during their team’s 2-1 win and verbally abused one of the scorers Timo Werner.

FIFA also fined the Czech federation 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,150) for crowd disorder.

FIFA’s attempts to crack down on fans chanting gay slurs saw seven national federations fined for incidents.

Argentina was ordered to pay 65,000 Swiss francs ($67,000), Panama 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,500), and Hungary 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,600).

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Anthony Joshua wins GQ Magazine’s ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award

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Nigerian born British boxer, Anthony Joshua has won the ‘Sportsman Of The Year‘ award at the just concluded 20th annual GQ Men of the year awards.

 

According to the organisers, ‘If you didn’t witness our next winner in May as he heroically defeated Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley then, frankly, where were you? Knocked down and off his feet by round six, our winner fought back in a way rarely seen outside of Rocky films, cementing his status not just as the heavyweight champion of the world, but a national treasure in waiting’.

 

Watch the presentation of his award by Idris Elba below…

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Photos: Nigeria’s D’Tigress wins 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship in Mali for the third time

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Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, on Sunday, defeated Senegal 65-48 to win the Women Afrobasket Championship in Mali,  for the third time after 12 years.

The Nigerian team had defeated host nation Mali 48-47 points in the semi-final on Saturday in Bamako to secure one of the two FIBA World Cup tickets available to Africa.

They had won the 2003 and 2005 editions. With the victory, the team has qualified for the 2018 Women FIBA Championship in Spain.

Evelyn Akhator, Dallas Wing forward, in the Women National Basketball Association (WNBA) who was selected as one of the top five performers in the competition, scored 13 points and seven rebounds for D’Tigress.

Akhator also made two assists and one steal even as she made no successful block during the final game.

D’Tigers Captain, Aisha Muhammed, Adaora Elonu and Ezinne Kalu contributed seven rebounds, four assists and two steals respectively during the match.

However, Astou Traore, the top performer for Senegal, scored 17 points which was the highest score in the match, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and no block, all in vain to stop D’Tigress.

Meanwhile, the victorious team will arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos on today,  Monday August 28.

The contingent will arrive Lagos aboard Air Cote d’Ivoire after departing Bamako, Mali on the 28th August at 14.00 hours local time.

The team will be without Coach Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Evelyn Akhator and Nyingifa Atonye who have all left from Bamako to their various bases due to club and personal engagements.

Akhator left for Chicago to play for her club Dallas Wings in a WNBA game while Nyingifa will join her club in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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C. Ronaldo Wins UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year, Appreciates Teammates On Instagram

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Real Madrid Star, Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for the second time, making it two consecutive seasons.

The sensational attacker with the CR7 trademark saw off competition from Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to claim the award for the third time overall. Ronaldo struck 25 goals in La Liga last term, and 12 in 13 matches during Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning campaign.

Previous winners of the award include Messi and Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta, who claimed the prize in the 2011-12 campaign ahead of the Argentina international in second.

He gushed in appreciation on his Instagram handle:

“Thank you to my teammates, coaches and staff who helped me win this trophy again. I dedicate this to my family, friends and fans. This is also yours!”

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