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Former Arsenal youth teamer of Nigerian descent, Sam Oji passes away after illness

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Former Arsenal youth teamer of Nigerian descent Sam Oji has passed away at the age of 35 following a battle with illness.

Born in London, he was the cousin of Anglo-Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer Lemar Obika.

Oji was at the Arsenal academy for four years, joining at the age of fifteen, but didn’t make his senior debut before transferring to Birmingham City.

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And that was followed by stints at Leyton Orient, Hereford United, Ljungskile SK, Tamworth, Limerick and Galway United, before spells at Worcester City,  Hednesford Town and Highgate United.

Oji’s former clubs Highgate United, Leyton Orient and Birmingham City have taken to social media to pay tribute to their former player.

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A center-back by trade during his playing career, the Anglo-Nigerian was appointed assistant manager at Midland League Premier Division side Highgate United in July 2021.

Samuel Oji is survived by his wife and children.

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Liverpool title hope slip after draw with Brighton

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Liverpool narrowly escaped defeat at Anfield in the English Premier League game on Saturday, drawing 3-3 against Brighton.

With the points shared, Liverpool’s title hope suffered another setback as the once verile title contender seemed to have lost their mojo.

It took the visitors four minutes to shake the Liverpool net, courtesy of a goal by Leandro Trossard, thereafter, leaving the home side to play catch up.

The Reds were yet to recover from the shock when Trossard struck again in the 17th minute, doubling Brigton’s lead.

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Trossard became first visiting player to net first-half brace at Anfield in the EPL since October 2008, when Amr Zaki of Wigan netted twice before first half break.

But Firmino came to the rescue for Liverpool netting twice for The Reds in the 33rd and 54th minutes of the game, rekindling hope for the home side.

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An own goal by Brigton’s Adam Webster in the 63rd minute put Liverpool ahead. However, Trossard pulled a late equaliser for Brighton, brining the scores to 3-3 and his goal tally today to three.

Liverpool are now 9th on the EPL log, with 10 points in seven games, 11 points behind Arsenal who sit atop the table.

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Sports Festival: Ogun wrestling association concludes trials for athletes

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Sports Festival: Ogun wrestling association concludes trials for athletes

The Ogun Wrestling Association has concluded its trials to select the best athletes to represent the state at the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Delta.

The trials, which took place at the indoor hall of Alake Sports Centre, Abeokuta, on Saturday, attracted retired coaches, sports administrators, patrons of the association, and lovers of the sport.

Speaking with Journalists, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Amos Ojo, said the future was bright for wrestling in the state based on the wrestlers’ performance during the trials.

Ojo, a former wrestling head coach in the state, commended the efforts of the chairman and members of the association to develop the game.

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He stressed the need for the government also to support the association with the necessary equipment for the athletes.

Also, the head coach, Adebayo Badmus, explained that the trials were necessary to pick the best wrestlers that would compete with other states at the National Sports Festival in Delta state.

Badmus promised to correct the mistakes noticed during the trials before the commencement of the biennial event.

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The captain of the wrestling team, Solomon Agwaza, expressed worry over the poor state of facilities available for training, which he said had caused injuries to the athletes.

He appealed to the present administration to support the athletes with the necessary equipment.

Agwaza reaffirmed the determination of the wrestlers to return to the state with gold medals after the festival in Delta state.

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Arsenal ruin Tottenham’s unbeaten run to stay top of EPL log

Arsenal maintained their winning form, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners ended Spurs unbeaten run this season, staying atop the EPL log with Saturday’s brilliant win.

Thomas Partey gave Arsenal the lead 20 minutes into the game at the Emirates with a long range shot.

Harry Kane levelled for Spurs, scoring from the spot in the 31st minute, seeing both teams go into the first half break with one goal each.

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The Gunners, however, returned into the second half more determined, outplaying Spurs to grab a deserved three points.

Brazilian star Gabriel Jesus restored Arsenal’s lead barely four minutes into the second half, giving Arsenal.

Emerson’s red card in the 62nd minute ruined Spurs’ hope of a comeback as they were reduced to 10-man against a smoking Arsenal.

It took Arsenal five minutes after Emerson was sent away to increase their goal margin, sealing a crucial win.

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Granit Xhaka’s fine finish from inside the box made it three for the Gunners, running Spurs unbeaten run this season.

With 65 per cent of ball possession, eight shots on target and all three points against Spurs, the Gunners made a bold statement in their readiness to contend for the title this season.

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