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Former NPFL Top Scorer, Ibrahim Joins Montreal Impact

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Sunusi Ibrahim, a former top scorer of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), has signed a three-year contract with Major League Soccer team, Montreal Impact.

Impact are based in Quebec, Canada but compete in the MLS and currently has some African players on their payroll.

The club is managed by Arsenal and France football legend, Thierry Henry.

Impact announced Ibrahim’s signing on Tuesday from 36 Lions Academy. The bulky attacker, however, won the top scorer’s gong on the books of Nasarawa United.

Ibrahim, 18, will team up with Impact’s U-23 team, according to a statement from the club.

“The Club is very happy to have completed the transfer of this young player, who is already part of his country’s U23 squad despite his young age,” said sporting director Olivier Renard. “It’s a great addition to the squad, especially considering several European clubs were very interested in him as well. Sunusi Ibrahim is a fast and powerful striker who can also play on the wings.”

The player had a trial at Watford in England in late December but a move didn’t seem to materialise.

He will be joining Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, Uganda’s Mustapha Kizza and Senegal’s Clement Diop as the African players on Impact’s books.

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid Creates New Record for Philadelphia

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid has become the first Philadelphia 76ers player to record 45 points, more than 15 rebounds and over 5 steals in a single game since 1974.

Embiid, who played college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks, created the record in Philadelphia’s 137-134 defeat of Miami Heats.

The Cameroonian 2014 draft for Philadelphia has so far had a good season with fans of the 76ers hailing his work rate and aggression.

Embiid’s teammate, Danny Green also created a franchise record of nine-three pointers from his total of 29 points.

The Cameroonian impressed and was all over the court as fans are already mouthing a possible MVP nomination for him.

“I’ve got a goal. I want to win the championship and I can’t do it alone,” Embiid said.

Nigeria’s Gabe Vincent and Precious Achiuwa impressed for Miami in the game with Vincent scoring 24 points in his first career start, while Achiuwa made his first start since being drafted in the top 30 picks during the off season.

Achiuwa, born in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria, scored 17 points and 13 rebounds in what’s the highest of his freshly-starting NBA career.

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Algeria’s Slimani Joins Lyon on a Free Transfer

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Algerian forward, Islam Slimani, has signed for Lyon on a free transfer, the French club has announced.

Slimani, who scored 13 goals in 47 games in all competitions for Leicester, joins Lyon on an 18-month contract.

“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon,” Slimani said.

“I’ve joined a team that’s top of the league, playing well and scoring goals. I want to help the club achieve its objectives.”

“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon. I thank the president. When I was a child, I came to the area, to Givors, to play in tournaments with my team. I’m a combative person who gives everything on the pitch.”

He added: “Lyon is a big club and near the top of the table every season, playing to participate in the Champions League.

“I spoke to Djamel Benlamri a lot. He told me a lot of good things about the club, the players and the coach. I’m here to help the team. Even if I start as a substitute, get in the game and help the team, the coach won’t let me sit on the bench.”

Slimani, 32, began his professional career in his native country. After four successful seasons at CR Belouizdad, he left Algeria to join Sporting Club de Portugal in 2013. In Portugal, he spent three seasons and in his final season he scored 27 goals in 33 league appearances.

In 2016, Slimani joined Leicester City where he formed a very complementary duo with Riyad Mahrez. After the departure of Claudio Ranieri from the Foxes, the Algerian international played less and went out on loan.

In 2019, Slimani won the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria.

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Match Preview: Real Sociedad vs Barcelona – Line Up, Prediction, and Team News

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Barcelona could be said to be “back and better” after going eight straight games without a loss in the La Liga. This recent form should get Real Sociedad worried as the two teams match up tonight in Córdoba for the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Neto; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann

R. Sociedad (4-3-3): Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Merino, Guevara, Guridi; Portu, Willian José, Oyarzabal

TEAM FORM

Real Sociedad: LLLWDL

Barcelona: DWDWWW

MATCH DETAILS

Competition/Round: 2021 Supercopa de España, Semifinal 1

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Estadio Nuevo Arcángel, Córdoba, Spain

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero

VAR: José Luis González González

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