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Nigerian international Oghenekaro Etebo is excited to join Turkish giants Galatasaray from English Championship side Stake City on loan.

Galatasaray announced the signing of the midfielder from Stoke. The Super Eagles star joined the Championship side in the summer of 2018 from Portuguese side Feirense.

Etebo made 45 appearances for Stoke City before moving on loan to La Liga outfit Getafe in January where he helped the Spanish side finish eighth in La Liga last season.

“Galatasaray Sportif AS informed the public that an agreement was reached for the loan transfer of professional football player Oghenekaro Etebo until the end of the season,” read a statement from the club website.

“We welcome Oghenekaro Etebo to our club and wish him a successful season in the Galatasaray jersey.”

Etebo is excited to join the Turkish side and thanked his management team for making the deal happen.

“I am excited to announce my arrival at Galatasaray, I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity and I am happy to be part of such a historic club,” Etebo tweeted.

“Thank you to everyone at Stoke City and thank you to the DW Sports management team.”

Etebo played for Lord Honour FC youth team at the start of his career, and later joined Nigeria Professional Football League side Warri Wolves, spending three years with the team before moving to Portugal and played for Feirense, making 45 league appearances for the team before joining Stoke City in 2018.

The midfielder played age grade football for Nigeria as he featured in Nigeria’s U23 team, and was also part of the bronze winning Nigerian Olympic Games team in 2016.

He has made 35 appearances for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, he featured at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and was part of the side that finished third at last years Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Fenerbahce Sign Samatta From Aston Villa On Loan



Captain of the Taifa Stars of Tanzania Mbwana Samatta has signed for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce on loan from English Premier League side Aston Villa.

Samatta made the move to Aston Villa from Genk for £8.5million but after scoring twice in 16 appearances, and the arrival of Ollie Watkins and Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore meant Samatta was surplus to requirements, hence his loan move to Fenerbahce.

Samatta’s loan deal could see him stay beyond the 2020-2021 season on a permanent move.

The Yellow Canaries made announced the signing of Samatta with a statement from the club.

“Our club has added Mbwana Samatta, captain of the Tanzania national team from Aston Villa, England, to their squad for four years,” a club statement read.

“This season, the player who will wear our shirt on loan will receive the testimonial at the end of the season. We welcome Samatta and wish him well in the striped jersey.”

The Tanzanian captain is pleased with himself for having the opportunity of playing in the English Premier League, and he hopes other Tanzanian footballers can do same.

“When I was starting my professional career, the ultimate goal I set myself was to play in England,” he said.

“But more than a goal achieved, coming here was, above all, the realisation of a dream. It’s a dream that a great many Tanzanian players pursue but one that had never been achieved before. I realise therefore how fortunate I am.

“It’s a source of great personal pride, but I hope it can serve to help others. If I can succeed, then other Tanzanians can too. And if I can help them believe in themselves, so much the better!”

Samatta might not make his debut when Fenerbahce take on league rivals Galatasaray this weekend, but he heads to Istanbul in search of first-team football eight months after his move to Aston Villa.

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Aubameyang Names Rwandan Baby Gorilla “Goal”



Gabon international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang named a baby gorilla ‘Goal’ at Rwanda’s annual mountain gorilla naming ceremony Kwita Izina held Thursday virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony which was held late on Thursday 24 September was conducted on the World Gorilla Day, which was first observed on September 24, 1967, when Dian Fossey an American researcher, founded the Karisoke Research Center to study endangered mountain gorillas.

Fossey was one of the foremost primatologists in the world and spent 20 years in Rwanda, where she actively supported conservation efforts, strongly opposed poaching and tourism in wildlife habitats, and made more people acknowledge sapient gorillas. Her work largely helped reduce the downward population trend in mountain gorillas, saving them from extinction. She was murdered in her cabin at a remote camp in Rwanda in December 1985.

“Conservation, tourism, and community development go hand in hand. Each reinforces the other. I commend the people living around the park for being good stewards of the natural environment and such warm hosts for our visitors,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame said during the virtual ceremony.

At Thursday’s ceremony, nine female and 15 male baby gorillas born between May 2019 and June 2020 from 12 families, were given names by national volcanoes park rangers, vets, guides and three players from Arsenal FC. In May 2018, Arsenal signed a 3-year deal worth £30 million with the Rwanda Development Board to promote tourism in the country and also sponsor the team’s shirt sleeves on matchday shirts.

One of them born during the coronavirus pandemic was named “Amabwiriza” (Guidelines), as a ranger calls for gorillas visitors and people in general, to abide by guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has scored 72 goals for Arsenal FC, who he also captains, named the baby gorilla ‘Goal’ calling for ‘collective goals to their protection’.

Defender Hector Bellerin named one ‘Iriza’ (First born), while goalkeeper Bernd Leno named another ‘Myugariro’ (Defender) saying it will be his pleasure “to meet my baby boy gorilla”.

Among other names given to baby gorillas include;

Amarembo – Gateway
Nkomezamihigo (Keep it up) – Born in June 2020
Kazeneza (Welcome) – Oldest of a new one year old family of gorillas
Umuyobozi (leader) – In honor of Rwandan authority’s efforts in conservation
Umuganga (Vet) – Given by Dr Antoine Mudakikwa a retired gorilla vet

The powerful mountain gorilla is now critically endangered with only around 880 left in the wild. They’re found in high-altitude montain and bamboo forests – sometimes at elevations of 4,000m – where they mainly eat leaves, shoots and stems.

More than 1,000 gorillas live in Virunga Mountains, a chain of volcanoes between DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

Since 2005 more than 300 gorillas have been given names in efforts to monitor their life and protect them from poachers, it was said in the 16th event, the first virtually held because of coronavirus.

Aubameyang, Bellerin and Leno return to action with Arsenal on Monday 28 September when they visit Anfield to face reigning Premier league Champions Liverpool.

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Tanzania’s Simba Extend Partnership With Al Ahly



Tanzanian Premier League (TPL) side Simba have extended their partnership with Egyptian giants Al Ahly as plans are on the way for a sports center to be built in Tanzania to benefit the sports personalities in the country.

The partnership extension was revealed by Simba’s Information and Communication Officer, Haji Manara who said that both clubs are looking forward to building a good relationship.

“Our CEO has gone to Egypt, looking forward to building the relationship with Al Ahly and will have an opportunity to visit Zamalek. It is also an opportunity for Zamalek to expand their exposure regarding how to manage and guarantee growth in such big clubs. Learning from those big Clubs will eventually give them an experience that will impact our club’s growth.”

“Besides building relationships between the two clubs, Al Ahly plan to build a joint facility that will be run by both Simba and Al Ahly. This will be their first facility they will build outside Egypt.”

He further stated that the facility when built will have Egyptian trainers in it, and players will be scouted by big clubs.

“This project will grace us with Egyptian trainers who will have an opportunity to exchange experiences while enabling our players to get a chance to be scouted by big clubs. Thus, this project will be very profitable; for not only Simba but also the whole country as Al Ahly building a centre will be for the benefit of all.”

Simba and Al Ahly met twice at the group stage of the CAF Champions League last year with Simba winning the first leg 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Tanzania, but went on to lose comprehensively in the second leg 5-0 at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt.

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