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Burkina Faso’s Traoré Scores Five, Assists Three In Ajax 13-0 Demolition Of Venlo

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Nineteen years old Lassina Traore of Burkina Faso was on song on Saturday when Ajax demolished host VV Venlo 13-0 in the Dutch League.

Traore, who made his debut in the Champions League days ago, was directly involved in eight goals, scoring five and assisting a further three.

It was an incredible display from the teenager, whose journey from Burkina Faso, via South Africa, in just three short years has been remarkable.

The forward’s display helped Ajax to record the biggest league win in their history – surpassing 1972’s 12-1 win over Vitesse – as well as the greatest winning margin in the Eredivisie.

The win, an Eredivisie record, saw seven different players getting their names on the score sheet.

The win ensured that Ajax moved to the top of the standings.

Led by Traore Ajax dominated the contest and were already 4-0 up when Venlo were reduced to 10 men after skipper Christian Kum was sent off on VAR review for a high boot.

What followed was an eight-goal salvo in 24 second half minutes as Ajax’s players controlled possession and lined up to take shots on goal, with veteran 37-year-old forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar also scoring twice in two minutes.

The visitors finished the match with an eye-watering 23 shots on target and could have scored more had Venlo goalkeeper Delano van Crooij not made 10 saves.

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Just In: Football Legend Diego Maradona Dies Aged 60

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Football legend and arguably the greatest player to have ever kicked a ball, Diego Maradona has died aged 60.

Maradona died of a heart attack weeks after successfully undergoing surgery to remove clots found in his brain.

A football magician during his playing days, Maradona was famed for the hand of God- a goal scored with his hand against England.

The Napoli and Boca Juniors legend appeared in four World Cups for Argentina, leading the Albiceleste to victory in 1986. He further appeared in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, in which he was sent home for failing drugs test in the latter.

He also had bouts of cocaine addiction and was wanted by the Italian government over unpaid taxes before his death.

Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina and is rated as arguably the most blessed footballer to have ever graced the game.

He coached Argentina between 2008 and 2010 amid other spells in the Middle East.

In a statement on Twitter, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”

He was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top flight at the time of his death.

Maradona had good connections with Africa, where he was revered for his greatness and otherworldly skill.

As a global football ambassador, he was in South Africa in 2010 and 2011 where he met locals in the Soweto Township.

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Mane, Salah Nominated For FIFA TheBest Award

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Liverpool African duo, Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah have been nominated for FIFA TheBest Men’s Player of the Year award.

Mane, Senegalese and Egyptian, Salah played huge roles in Liverpool’s march to their first Premier League trophy in three decades.

The pair form part of the Reds’ deadly three-pronged attack with Brazilian, Firmino being the final piece of that jigsaw.

Both players missed out on the award last year as Lionel Messi took it home, but they managed to get in good positions in the top ten.

Liverpool have not had a start as strong as last season’s this term, but both players have shown good form and have helped their team when it matters most.

They will face teammates Virgil Van Dijk and Thiago Alcântara, Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, PSG and France’s Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Lewandowski has been tipped to have the best shout for the award after a stellar season with Die Roten.

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Nigeria’s Dennis to Miss Borussia Dortmund Clash over Team Bus Row

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Footballers get injured and miss games, and it is very commonplace. Sometimes, a footballer’s wife may put to bed and he will have to miss a game, but none of these has happened to Nigerian international, Emmanuel Dennis as he’s ruled out of a European night.

Dennis, 23, a Super Eagles player and former youth international will miss his team’s UEFA Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund after he received punishment for a funny row he got into.

The former Nigerian U-17 international who plays for Belgian giants, Club Brugge has been dropped from the clash after he stormed out of the team bus. While the club has kept mum on the reason for the punishment meted out to him, a report by Het Laatste Nieuw, a Belgian news publication outfit has said he was dropped for refusing to accept taking another seat in the bus.

Brugge’s coach, Phillip Clement refused to disclose the reason Dennis was dropped but confirmed it was a disciplinary action.

“Dennis is fit, but not in our selection,” he said. “He didn’t follow the club’s rules, that’s all I want to say about that. I prefer to concentrate on the players who are available to me.”

The team had set rules against COVID-19 on resumption of football.

Dennis impressed last season in the Champions League when he bagged a brace against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

He followed up on his star shows when he scored against Manchester United in the Europa League and has also impressed this season.

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