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More Than 30 Africans Involved in UEFA Champions League Matchday 4

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Nigeria's Zaidu Sanusi scored for FC Porto

More than 30 Africans played some part in matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League, with Nigeria’s Zaidu Sanusi getting on the scoresheet.

Sanusi scored FC Porto’s first goal in their 2-0 win against Olympique Marseille.

Liverpool duo, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane were denied a celebration of their nomination for the FIFA Best Player of the Year award.

Both players featured as Liverpool suffered their heaviest defeat at home under Jurgen Klopp, losing 2-0 to Atalanta in Anfield.

Austrian giants, Red Bull Salzburg listed at least four African internationals in their 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich. If Karim Adeyemi, an 18-year old German youth international of Nigerian descent were to be included, the number of Africans featured in the game would rise to five.

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Zambia’s Enoch Mwepu, 22 started the game, while Ghanaian international, Majeed Ashimeru came on in the second half. Malian youngsters, Sekou Koita and Mohammed Kamara also featured in the game with Cameroonian Jerome Onguene not getting a feel of the action.

In Ajax’s clash against FC Midjtylland, Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana featured, with Burkina Faso’s Lassina Traore and Morocoo’s Noussair Mazaraoui playing a part in the game.

Nigeria’s Frank Onyeka and Guinean Kaba Sory were listed for the reigning Danish champions as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Dutch giants.

In Manchester City’s slim 1-0 win against Olympiacos, the Greeks listed Senegalese Ousseynou Ba and Papy Abou Cisse. Guinean international, Mady Camara also featured in the loss to the Citizens.

Abraham Frimpong, a Ghanaian, was in the Ferencvaros team that lost 2-1 to Juventus. Also listed for the game were South Sudan’s Tokmac Nguen and Ivory Coast’s Franck Boli.

Borussia Dortmund ran out 3-0 victors against Belgians Club Brugge. Brugge listed at least five Africans for the game comprising; Ivorians Odilon Kossounou and Simon Deli, Senegal’s Krepin Diatta and Youssouph Badji, and Nigerian David Okereke.

In Lazio’s 3-1 win against Zenit St.Petersburg, Ivorian Dave Akpa-Akpro came on in the second half to have a taste of the encounter.

Mali’s Amadou Haidara was also involved in Red Bull Leipzig’s 1-0 loss to PSG. Senegalese Demba Ba played in Istanbul Basaksehir’s 4-1 loss to Manchester United, while Moroccan international Youssef El-Nesyri was involved in Krasnodar’s loss to Sevilla.

Five Africans were involved as Chelsea earned a late 2-1 win against Stade Rennes. The game had Senegalese goalkeepers at both ends of the pitch, with Amigo Gomis in goal for Rennes while his former teammate and compatriot, Edouard Mendy was in goal for Chelsea.

Edouard Mendy

Mali’s Hamari Traore, Senegal’s Mbaye Niang and Moroccan, Hakim Ziyech completed the African representatives in the game.

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Sudan’s Al Hilal Omdurman Sign Jamaica Defender Alvas Elvis Powell

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Sudan’s Al Hilal Omdurman have announced the signing of Jamaica defender Alvas Elvis Powell and Senegalese forward Ibrahima Mame N’Diaye.

Powell, 26, who joined from David Beckham’s MLS side Inter Miami sign a contract until the end of the season, with an option for a one-year extension.

Powell spent most of Inter Miami’s inaugural Major League Soccer season as an unused substitute, playing just four matches in total and only starting two of those.

The Jamaican previously played for Cincinnati FC where he spent the 2019 season. He also played for the Portland Timbers for six years.

Powell was a key member of the Portland Timbers squad that won the 2015 MLS Cup. He made 31 regular season appearances and six playoff appearances en route to the title, starting in each one.

He also has 49 caps for Jamaica including playing at two Gold Cups and two Caribbean Cups, which he won in 2014.

N’Diaye, 26, joined from Serbian side FK Čukarički. The forward played for ASC Linguère in Senegal before Serbian club, Napredak Kruševac, in 2012.

In 2017, N’Diaye joined Danish club Randers on a five-month contract, making seven competitive appearances for the side and scoring one goal in the Danish Cup.

In 2018, N’Diaye returned to Serbia and his former club Napredak Kruševac.

The deal for the players was reportedly organised and financially backed by Al Hilal’s honorary president Turki Al Sheikkh, a wealthy businessman who is also the chairman of Saudi’s General Entertainment Authority and former owner of Egyptian club Pyramids.

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No Apology for 2010 World Cup Goal Miss – Former Super Eagle, Yakubu Aiyegbeni

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Former Nigerian striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, says he won’t apologise for an open goal he missed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The Yak, as Aiyegbeni is known amongst fans, had missed what many considered a ‘simple’ tap-in during the Super Eagles must-win World Cup Group B match between Nigeria and South Korea at the Durban Stadium on June 22, 2010.

The goal could have put Nigeria ahead but with the encounter ending 2-2, many Nigerians are yet to forgive the former Portsmouth and Everton striker for the miss.

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Speaking on Wednesday during an interview tagged Live with Yak on NationTV, Aiyegbeni said he has no apology for the miss.

He said, “I won’t apologise at all. Why should I? I have scored so many goals for Nigeria too. I have sacrificed a lot for the country. Did anyone apologise to me?

“I cannot apologise because it wasn’t a deliberate miss. I seriously wanted to score. But it wasn’t to be. So many have strikers have missed chances too and nobody will apologise so I won’t.”

In May 2020, the 38-year-old revealed that Nigerians still send him messages to express annoyance over the miss.

“I felt bad when I missed it but people still talk about it and are saying if I had scored, we should have gone to the next round,” the former Everton forward said in May 2020.

“Even if I scored, are we going to win the World Cup? That I am not sure of.

“I have sored so many goals for Nigeria and even when people thought we will never qualify for the World Cup, I stood up to be counted.

“I have always done my best to help the country but it’s weird that people still send me messages till date even on social media about that miss.

“They would write things like ‘I never forget o, I never forget the goal wey you miss o’ [I haven’t forgotten the goal you missed], ‘we no go forgive you o’ [we won’t forgive you], etc and I would be like wow.”

Aiyegbeni, who is Nigeria’s third highest goalscorer with scored 21 goals in 57 appearances for the Super Eagles, retired from football in 2017.

He started his career with Julius Berger FC in Lagos as a teenager in the Nigerian Premier League. He was later loaned to Portuguese club Gil Vicente. He made 250 appearances in the English Premier League, playing for Everton FC, Middlesborough FC, Portsmouth FC, and Blackburn.

He made four African Cup of Nations appearances for Nigeria and also played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

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Arsenal’s Aubameyang Misses Second Straight Game Over “Family Issue”

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As Arsenal romped to a 3-1 win at the St. Mary’s Stadium on a rainy Tuesday evening, their Gabonese skipper, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was missing in action again.

It was Arsenal’s second visit to Southampton in just over three days and it was Aubameyang’s second absence.

Unconfirmed reports coming out of Arsenal say it’s a personal problem as insinuations keep spreading about the roots and source of his upheavals.

While some have said Aubameyang is facing a divorce from his French wife after being reportedly caught cheating, others have said it’s about his family.

Aubameyang has finally come out to clear the air on Wednesday, as he revealed that his mum is battling a serious health condition.

The Arsenal captain has had a turbulent season and was just settling into his better days when family problems struck. He was excused by the club to attend to the pressing issues.

The Gunners hierarchy and manager, Mikel Arteta have promised to stay with him through the troubles as he hopes to get back to the team soon.

It is likely that Aubameyang will miss Arsenal’s clash against high flying Manchester United this weekend.

The Gunners, smarting from a strong run in the league, having picked 16 from their last 18 points after a dreadful start to the season, will hope to continue their boogey dance against the Red Devils.

Against Southampton on Tuesday, Ivorian winger, Nicolas Pepe was on the score sheet as he hopes to bounce back from a poor season so far.

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