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Samson Siasia’s mother regains freedom after two months in captivity

The mother of Super Eagles former coach, Samson Siasia, has been released by her kidnappers.
The release comes two months after she was abducted in her country home in Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
When contacted, the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.
A relative of the family, Pinaowor Siasia, also confirmed the release and said that the elderly woman would be taken to hospital for medical checks.

$8.4m NFF scam: Pinnick, others to appear in court Nov 5

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court on Thursday ordered the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, and four other persons to appear before it over the alleged misappropriation of $8,400,000 belonging to the football body by the Federal Government.

Justice Ijeoma Ojokwu specifically ordered that Pinnick and other defendants named in the 17-count charge appear before the court on November 5.

The order followed the absence of the defendants in court in violation of an order compelling their appearance yesterday.

Pogba ‘ready for Arsenal’ as Man Utd reintroduce World Cup winner after injury

Paul Pogba is poised to make his return from injury for Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying that the midfielder is “definitely ready for Arsenal”.
The World Cup winner has been sidelined since being forced to withdraw from the France squad during the last international break.
An ankle problem ruled him out of Euro 2020 qualifying action and subsequent Premier League fixtures for United.
Despite questions continuing to be asked of his consistency at club level, the 26-year-old remains a big miss for the Red Devils when he is unavailable.

Rapinoe, Messi win FIFA player of the year awards

Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, while Megan Rapinoe won her first at a lavish ceremony at Milan's iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday.

Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading the United States to the women's World Cup title in July, as was Jill Ellis who won the women's coach award.

Rapinoe scored six goals in the tournament, earning her the Golden Boot for the tournament's top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player.

My family was concerned when Mourinho joined Man Utd - Mata

Juan Mata has admitted family and friends were concerned about Jose Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United but the Spaniard didn't have the same worries about his former coach.
Mourinho, who sold the playmaker to the Red Devils after only working with him for six months, succeeded Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford six days after Mata scored a goal in Man Utd's FA Cup final win in 2016.

CHAN 2020 qualifier: We did not underrate Togo - Nigeria coach Amapakabo

Nigeria coach Imama Amapakabo has refuted claims suggesting his team underrated Togo in Sunday’s first leg, second-round qualifying match of the 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan).

The Sparrow Hawks hit the home-based Super Eagles 4-1 in Lome to put themselves in pole position to qualify for the Chan tournament scheduled for Cameroon next year.

Sunusi Ibrahim gave Nigeria the lead in the 8th minute before the Togolese trio of Richard Nane (16' and 67'); Tchakei Marouf (75'); and Agoro Ashraf (90+2') completed the comeback for the hosts.

Man City demolish Watford 8-0

Manchester City powered to their record Premier League win as the champions scored five times in the first half of an incredible 8-0 thrashing of Watford, while Leicester enjoyed a VAR-assisted 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.

Inspired by Bernardo Silva’s hat-trick, Pep Guardiola’s side ripped woeful Watford to pieces at the Etihad Stadium, eclipsing a 7-0 success against Norwich in 2013 which stood as their previous biggest top-flight win.

VAR helps Leicester to victory against Tottenham

Tottenham’s long wait for an away win in the Premier League continued as Leicester came from behind to beat last season’s Champions League finalists 2-1 at the King Power on Saturday.

Harry Kane’s great improvisation handed Spurs a first-half lead and Mauricio Pochettino’s men thought they had doubled that advantage when Serge Aurier fired home.

However, the goal was ruled out by the finest of margins for offside after a VAR review and Leicester compounded Spurs’ pain by equalising two minutes later through Ricardo Pereira.

Greenwood saves United from Astana shock

Teenager Mason Greenwood rescued a much-changed Manchester United from an embarrassing start to their Europa League campaign with the only goal to beat Kazakh champions Astana 1-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday.
At just 17, Greenwood became the youngest goalscorer for United in European competition with a composed finish under Nenad Eric 17 minutes from time.
Victory justified Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to make nine changes from Saturday’s Premier League win over Leicester with a host of youngsters given their chance to impress.

Amapakabo names CHAN warriors for battle in Togo

Coach Imama Amapakabo has named the 20 players who will fly Nigeria’s flag at Sunday’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying match against Togo in Lome.

First choice in goal Adamu Abubakar is joined by Super Eagles’ goaltender Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Enyimba’s Theophilus Afelokhai, as well as defenders Olisah Ndah, John Lazarus, Etboy Akpan and Ebube Duru.

There are also ace forward Ndifreke Effiong (who netted two of the five goals that condemned Sudan to the scrap heap in the final round of the U23 AFCON qualifying series), Mfon Udoh and Tosin Omoyele.

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