German Bundesliga club Union Berlin have completed the signing of former Nigeria U20 international Taiwo Awoniyi from Liverpool on a permanent deal believed to be worth £6.5million (€7.5m/$9m).
If the reports are accurate, it makes Awoniyi the most expensive acquisition in the history of Union Berlin, costing £3.35million more than Poland’s international left-back, Tymoteusz Puchacz.
Announcing the deal on their official website and social media platforms, Union Berlin confirm that the former Mainz star will be wearing the number 14 jersey he wore while on loan at the club last season.
After spending six years as a Liverpool player, the 2013 FIFA u-17 World Cup leave without playing a single competitive match for the Anfield giants.
Awoniyi is pleased, though, that he has finally found a place he can call home.
“I am happy to finally arrive after the many loan spells in recent years and have a home,” the Nigerian striker said after signing the contract papers.
“I owe so much to Union, and the fact that I have now been given a firm commitment makes me happy and proud. It’s fantastic that I can continue to go down the great path with the club. I’ll give everything to pick up where I was before my injury.”
Since joining Liverpool in 2015, Awoniyi has been shipped on loan to FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron, KAA Gent and Mainz, before teaming up with Union Berlin last summer.
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Tyson Fury calls off all-British title fight with Anthony Joshua
British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has called off his intended fight with British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua after he failed to make the deadline set by The Gypsy King.
Joshua had earlier agreed to terms to fight Fury in December after the latter gave him a title shot following Joshua’s loss to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in their title rematch last month.
Joshua assured that he would sign the contract on Sunday in order to make the fight happen, stating that his lawyers are handlers of the contract.
However, Fury gave Joshua a self-issued ultimatum of 5:00 p.m. on Monday to sign the contract otherwise he would pull out of the fight.
Joshua and his camp failed to sign the contract before the deadline and the WBC champion subsequently announced that the chance of the all-British heavyweight fight happening was over.
“It’s official. D Day has come and gone. It’s gone past 5 pm Monday, no contract has been signed. It’s officially over for Joshua. He’s now out in the cold with the wolfpack. Forget about it. Idiot. Coward!,” Fury said on his instagram story.
He added: “I always knew you didn’t have the minerals to fight the Gypsy King. Good luck with your career, and your life.”
Fury immediately announced that he is looking forward to fighting former WBA heavyweight champion Mahmoud Charr next.
“Looking forward to fighting a man who wants to fight & has fire & desire. fought some of the best fighters & now stepping up again! get in there charr,” he said.
At the time of filing this report, Neither Joshua nor his camp has responded to the latest development.
Enyimba announce signing of Chigozie, Cooper from Sunshine Stars
Enyimba have completed the signing of defender Chigozie Chilekwu and midfielder Ikenna Cooper from Sunshine Stars on a permanent deal.
Both players arrived from the Sunshine Stars after impressive performances with the Owena Whales during the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League season.
They have passed their medical test at Enyimba and both subsequently penned two-year contracts with the People’s Elephant.
“Cooper joins on a two-years deal and arrives with valuable top level experience having also previously featured for FC Ifeanyi Uba and Heartland FC.
“A commanding player with exquisite box-to-box qualities, Cooper is expected to bring balance and grit to an already competitive midfield setup.
“Chilekwu, meanwhile, arrives to fill in at leftback following the departures of Daniel Darkwah and Emmanuel Ampiah, and has penned a two-years deal.
“The 26-years-old provides versatility as he can also operate comfortably as a wing forward and in central midfield,” the club statement read on Monday.
Cooper and Chigozie are the latest additions to Enyimba’s shopping spree in the ongoing transfer window, following the recent acquisition of Sunday Okereke, Moses Omoduemuke, Ademola Adebambo and Elijah Akanni.
The acquisitions became paramount after the eight-time Nigeria league champions lost eight of their key players including team’s captain Austin Oladapo.
Oladapo joined TP Mazembe of Congo, while the Top Scorer in the 2021/22 NPFL season Victor Mbaoma switched to MC Algiers of Algeria.
Djokovic complains about nagging wrist, eyes ATP Finals
Novak Djokovic on Monday said he was bothered by a wrist problem during the Laver Cup in London, and his lengthy absence from the Tour recently could be the reason.
“I have been struggling with my right wrist for the last four, five days, to be honest. I have been keeping it under control,” Djokovic told reporters.
The three-day tournament in London’s O2 Arena was Djokovic’s first event since the Serb won his 21st Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in early July.
He had missed the North American hardcourt swing and the U.S. Open due to COVID-19 vaccination.
But he produced a dazzling performance on his return to the Tour on Saturday by winning his singles and doubles matches.
However, he lost to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime on the final day of the competition on Sunday.
“The two matches of Saturday probably had an effect. Sunday was not easy. I couldn’t serve as fast or as accurately as I would like to. That has affected the whole game,” he said.
Djokovic said qualifying for November’s ATP Finals in Turin remained his goal.
He will play a tournament in Tel Aviv this week, followed by an event in Kazakhstan next week and then the Paris Masters at the end of October.
His Wimbledon victory guarantees him a spot in the Tour-ending finals if he remains ranked in the world’s top 20.
Djokovic, currently ranked seventh, said the wrist issue could be due to a combination of factors.
“Could be (the effect of) not playing matches almost three months, and then conditions here are such that the balls are really big and slow,” he said. “You always have to generate a lot of wrist action and speed, which could be the case why I have been feeling soreness.”
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