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Senate President, Lawan shines at soccer finals in Yobe

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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Saturday won the hearts of young Nigerians at the closing ceremony of a final soccer match between Bade Academy F.C and Nguru ‘B’ F.C, Naija News 247 News gathered.

The event which held at the Bade Township Stadium had thousands of soccer fans present who came from within and outside of Yobe State to attend the event.

Among football stars who graced the soccer finals were Tijani Babangida, a former Nigerian Professional Player who played as a winger for Nigeria’s national team – the Super Eagles; and Daniel Amokachi, a former player and assistant Manager of the national team.

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The soccer competition attracted a wide range of spectators from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Lawan, who arrived the venue in his motorcade to a cheering crowd at about 5pm, spared no time to get the match started in a show of skill which saw him effortlessly rendering a swift and powerful kick to the ball without suffering any hindrance from the traditional attire he adorned.

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The match between the two clubs which ended as a goalless draw resulted subsequently in a penalty shootout that had the Bade Academy F.C defeating Nguru ‘B’ F.C. with a 5-4 score.

The winning club was, thereafter, presented with the Sardauna Bade cup by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

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UEL: Arsenal defeat Bodø/Glimt 3-0 to move top of group A

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UEL: Arsenal defeat Bodø/Glimt 3-0 to move top of group A

Arsenal’s impressive form across all competitions continued Thursday night as the Gunners hammered Norwegian club Bodø/Glimt 3-0 in their Group A match at the Emirates Stadium.

Coming into the game, Arsenal had won eight out of its nine matches across all competitions this season with the only blemish coming in a 3-1 loss to Man United in the Premier League.

The possession was almost equally split in the first half of the intense game but Arsenal were the side able to do the scoring.

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Eddie Nketiah put Arsenal 1-0 up in the 23rd minute from a Kieran Tierney ball that struck the bar before Rob Holding doubled the lead for the Gunners with a header.

Although Bodø/Glimt were able to hold and control for a relatively long period in the encounter, they were unable to break the Arsenal’s defensive line.

The first half ended Arsenal 2-0 Bodø/Glimt.

It was also a close game in the second half of the game but the visitors’ efforts not to concede any goal again in the match was futile when Fábio Vieira scored in the 84th minute to see the victory for Arsenal.

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With the impressive win on Thursday night, the Gunners move to top of Group A with the maximum six points from two matches and a three goals difference despite having one game in hand.

The game between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven, who thrashed FC Zuric 5-1 in the other Group A game also on Thursday was postponed last month following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Rashford nets brace as Man United scrape win against Omonia Nicosia

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Rashford nets brace as Man United scrape win against Omonia Nicosia

Manchester United came from a goal down to defeat Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia 3-2 in their third Group E fixture of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening.

The Red Devils came into the match with a point to prove following the disastrous 6-3 hammering at the hands of their city neighbours and arch rivals in the Premier League on Sunday.

United immediately hit the ground running with Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony making several attempts on goal.

However, the unexpected happened just a minute later when United were punished after the ball was hijacked from Tyrell Malacia and the hosts launched a counterattack which Karim Ansarifard converted to put Nicosia ahead.

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With 76 per cent of possession, United were unable to find an equaliser as the first half ended 1-0 in favour of the Cypriot side.

United made some changes in the earlier minutes of the second second half with Luke Shaw coming on for Malacia while Jadon Sancho was substituted for Marcus Rashford.

The shuffle immediately paid off as Rashford curled the ball into the top corner of the post from outside the box to level the game for United.

Just one minute into action, Anthony Martial who came on for Fernandes scored from outside the 18-yard box to put United into the lead for the very first time in the encounter.

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Moments later, Diogo Dalot dribbled past the goalkeeper and passed the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo, who was met with an empty goal post but the 37-year-old forward struck against the bar.

Ronaldo set Rashford up to get his brace of the evening to give United a two-goal lead but it wasn’t long when Nikolas Panayiotou pulled one back for Nicosia.

Afterwards, the five-time Ballon D’Or was again close to scoring his first goal in the competition but all were to no avail as the match ended 3-2 in favour of the United to retain their second position in the group with six points.

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Super Eagles to face Costa Rica in November

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Super Eagles to face Costa Rica in November

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the Super Eagles will take on Los Ticos of Costa Rica in an international friendly match next month.

The announcement followed the series of international friendly matches the Super Eagles have been involved in despite missing out on the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Recently, Super Eagles have played against some top nations teams including Mexico, Ecuador and fellow African nation Algeria during the last international break.

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On the other hand, the match will serve as a World Cup preparatory game for Costa Rica, who are drawn in Group E alongside two winners of the tournament Spain and Germany and the Asian country of Japan.

The match will take place on November 10, 2022, in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose.

Seven days after the game, Super Eagles will face Portugal in another friendly match at the José Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal.

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It has not been all smooth for the Eagles in international friendly matches lately. They have lost in all three of them lately against Mexico, Ecuador and Algeria.

Nigeria also dropped one place from 31st to 32nd in the October world ranking by global football governing body FIFA.

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