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Aruna Quadri’s star continues to soar. The Nigerian, who barely a month ago became the first African to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games table tennis event, has scored another first by becoming the first African to make the top 30 list in the world. Quadri yesterday made a huge leap in the ITTF …

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• Erico advocates more friendlies for Eagles Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, will assess Alex Iwobi and Oghenekaro Etebo’s fitness before the national team reconvenes towards the end of the month to begin preparation for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia. Iwobi and Etebo missed the Super Eagles’ last Gabon 2017 African Nations …

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Arsenal supporters have joked that they’d prefer to see Nwankwo Kanu upfront for them instead of Olivier Giroud. The Nigerian scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-2 friendly win over AC Milan Glorie and Gunners fans would be all too pleased to have him back. Kanu was the stand-out on a pitch packed with football icons …

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Some clubs seem destined to fulfill pre-designated roles, regardless of how successful they are. For example, Atletico Madrid have won one league title and reached two Champions League finals in the past three years, while Manchester United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth in the Premier League, never getting near a European showpiece event. Yet …

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David Luiz and Diego Costa never crossed paths at Chelsea, but Mikel John Obi has warned the defender to ‘play nice’ with the striker after returning to Stamford Bridge. Luiz arrived back at Chelsea in a shock £34million deadline day transfer having previously left the west London club for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014. Costa arrived …

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Chelsea defensive midfielder Mikel Obi will be given a free role in the Super Eagles attack by new coach Gernot Rohr, Africanfootball.com reports. The Chelsea holding midfielder rolled back the years when he was given a free attacking role in midfield by coach Samson Siasia as Nigeria won a bronze medal at last month’s Rio …

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New Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has said he will soon meet with Vincent Enyeama to discuss a comeback by the Lille goalkeeper to the Super Eagles. Former Nigeria skipper Enyeama quit international football in October after a spat with then Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh. His place has since been taken by Carl Ikeme, who features …

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Earns £85,000-a-week MANCHESTER City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho is now the top Nigeria earner in the Premier League on £85,000-a-week to knock off Chelsea star Mikel Obi. This month, Iheanacho signed a new two-year contract extension at City till 2021, saying his new contract will “change the lives of his family”. Mikel, who moved to England …

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