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Nigeria Vs. Sierra Leone: Paul Onuachu Replaces Injured Moses Simon

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Nigeria has given a late invite to Belgian Pro League-leading marksman, Paul Onuachu, ahead of the Super Eagles upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying matches against Sierra Leone.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in a tweet via the Super Eagles official Twitter Account – @NGSuperEagles on Monday, said Onuachu had been called up as a replacement for the injured Moses Simon.

Simon was subbed out in the 25th minute of Nantes’ 3-0 loss to PSG in Ligue 1 on Saturday due to an adductor injury.

The severity of his injury is still unclear and it is not known how long he will be out of action.

Onuachu has been in excellent form for his Belgian Jupiler side and is Nigeria’s leading scorer in Europe this season with nine goals in 10 appearances.

The 25-year-old scored his eighth goal in his last seven games in the 4-0 defeat of Eupen at the weekend as he kept up his excellent start to the season.

Yet despite his good form, he was initially overlooked by Coach Gernot Rohr for the games against Sierra Leone with the Franco-German having previously taken exception to Onuachu’s style of play which he deemed incompatible with his team’s tactical set up.

Rohr had warned that the former FC Midtjylland striker must find a way to adapt during last month’s international window.

But Onuachu failed to impress in his first international start in over a year as Nigeria lost to African champions Algeria.

The 26-year-old Onuachu has been capped seven times by Nigeria.

The lanky forward will now have another chance to press his claims when Nigeria take on fellow West Africans Sierra Leone at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Nov. 13 before travelling to Freetown for the Nov. 17 return encounter.

The Super Eagles lead Group L of the AFCON qualifiers.

Victory in both matches against the Leone Stars will all but confirm their place in Cameroon for next year’s continental showpiece.

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Moroccan Defender, Mohamed Abarhoun, Dies Of Stomach Cancer

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Mohamed Abarhoun, Moroccan professional footballer, is dead.

Abarhoun, who played as a defender, died from stomach cancer aged 31.

Abarhoun’s former club Caykur Rizespor has confirmed that the seven-cap Morocco international passed away on Tuesday after being diagnosed with stomach cancer earlier this year.

In a statement the club said: “We have learned with sadness the news of the death of our former football player Mohamed Abarhoun, who has been receiving treatment for a while.

“We wish Allah’s mercy to Mohamed Abarhoun, who passed away, and our condolences to his family, relatives and community.”

Abarhoun spent seven years playing in Morocco for Moghreb Tetouan, where he won two league titles, before moving to Portuguese side Moreirense, who he left last year to join Rizespor.

At international level, the defender helped Morocco’s under-23 side qualify for the 2012 Olympics and went onto play twice at the Games in London.

He also played for Morocco at the 2014 African Nations Championship, the tournament for locally-based players, in South Africa as well as two friendlies.

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Botswana Compleates Renovation Of Athletes Village

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The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) says it has spent 4.1 million Pula (around $375,000) to refurbish its athletes’ facility.

The facility has 16 units, which contained eight two-bedroom apartments and eight one-bedroom apartments all with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony of the facility on Tuesday in Gaborone, Tumiso Rakgare, Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, said the facility was acquired in 2007 for purposes of athletes lodging, while in camp.

“This was done as a long-term strategy to cut costs as athletes had to be booked in hotels during national team camps.’’

Over the years, the facility had been serving its purpose, though maintenance and upkeep had been lacking due to constant usage by the athletes, added Rakgare.

Rakgare further said the ministry made it a priority to make funds available to assist in refurbishing the facility to improve its aesthetic appeal.

He also advised the commission to use the facility, to generate revenue when athletes are not in camp.

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SPORTS NEWS IN 60 | 1 – 12 – 2020

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Newscentral’s Joe Hanson bringing you headlines of the latest sports stories from Africa today.

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