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I remain AFN president, says George

President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Olamide George, has said that he remained the president of the federation.
He explained that he remained the position as he appealed the Abuja High Court judgment.

Reacting to the court pronouncement, George said, “It is a declarative and not an enforceable judgment. Nigerians should remain calm as I remain the president pending our appeal.”

Man Utd depth behind unbeaten streak – Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United star, Bruno Fernandes, has said that strength in depth was behind the club's unbeaten run after his brace helped see off Brighton and Hove Albion.

Fernandes scored twice as in-form United outclassed Brighton 3-0 in the Premier League on Tuesday to stretch their undefeated streak to 15 matches across all competitions.

After Mason Greenwood's opening strike, January recruit and former Sporting CP captain, Fernandes, stole the show with goals in the 29th and 50th minutes at the Amex Stadium.

CAF shifts Africa Cup of Nations to 2022, inter-club competitions assume single format

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has re-scheduled the Africa Cup of Nations, which was earmarked for early 2021.
The football competition is now to hold in 2022.
It also stated on Tuesday that all
continental sports activities had been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup, which were originally scheduled to be played on May 1.

Ighalo scores as Man Utd edge Norwich 2-0 to reach FA Cup semi-finals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United’s strength in depth will be crucial to their bid to win the FA Cup after they moved into the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Norwich on Saturday.

Solskjaer’s side had to work hard for their last-four place as Harry Maguire won it late in extra time at Carrow Road.

Odion Ighalo’s opener was cancelled out by Norwich’s Todd Cantwell, but Canaries defender Timm Klose was sent off for hauling down Ighalo in the 89th minute.

Martial's hat-trick against Sheffield Unted brings Manchester United closer to top four chase

By Omnisport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to see Manchester United be more clinical despite Anthony Martial's hat-trick sealing a commanding 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

Martial's first treble in senior football - also the first by any United player in the Premier League since Robin van Persie more than seven years ago - was just reward for a fine showing from the hosts, as the Blades laboured in the Manchester heat.

Shaw to Pogba: You made the difference in Man Utd, Tottenham match

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw was thrilled to see Paul Pogba back in the team against Tottenham - and credited the midfielder with making the difference in Friday's draw.

The Red Devils had enjoyed a fine run of form prior to the coronavirus lockdown, but struggled to pick up where they left off in their first Premier League match back in action.

David de Gea was at fault as Steven Bergwijn fired past the goalkeeper at his near post to put Jose Mourinho's men ahead against his former employers after 27 minutes.

IAAF ex-boss, Diack, faces four-year jail term

The prosecution in the French corruption trial of former global athletics supremo, Lamine Diack, on Wednesday (June 17) for him to serve four years in prison and be fined a maximum of €500,000 (S$784,000).

He is accused of delaying punishment for Russian athletes who failed doping tests in return for payment and in order to ensure that prospective sponsors were not discouraged.

Ighalo celebrates 31st birthday today

By Valentine Amanze

Former Super Eagles and Manchester United goal getter, Odion Ighalo, is marking his 31st birthday today (June 16, 2020).
The “Ajegunle” brought up in his instagram account posted a picture gesticulating in celebration.
“Blessed, Grateful and Thankful,” he wrote.

Salah’s rise to stardom caught me by surprise, says ex-Chelsea team-mate Mikel

John Obi Mikel has been surprised by the Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s development since they played together at Chelsea.

The pair spent two years together at Chelsea after Salah moved to Stamford Bridge from Basel in 2014.

But in February 2015 the Egypt star was loaned to Fiorentina before spending the 2015-16 campaign at Roma, who signed him outright in the summer of 2016.

The forward excelled with the Giallorossi and soon ended up back in England, joining Liverpool in 2017.

Atletico Madrid striker, Costa, handed six-month prison sentence, fined for tax fraud

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Spanish state of more than €1 million (£813,000/$1,127,000) after failing to declare payments of over €5m earned from his 2014 move to Chelsea.

The striker was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday, but Spanish law states that non-violent crimes with a punishment of under two years' imprisonment can instead be resolved with a fine for first-time offenders.

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