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Nigeria’s Kwara United Unveil Brazillian Winger For New Season

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Brazillian winger, Lucas Alves, will ply his trade with Nigeria’s Kwara United in the upcoming 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

This was revealed when the club, based in the Ilorin, the Kwara State capital city, unveiled the player as part of its squad for the new season.

The unveiling ceremony was held at the club’s office inside the Kwara State Stadium Complex in Ilorin.

Alves who last played for Seahorses LA of the U.S., expressed his happiness after being unveiled and promised to give his best performance for Kwara United in the new season.

“I am happy at joining Kwara United and I’m here to help the club achieve the goals and targets for the coming league season.

“The environment here is cool and thanks to the club’s chiefs who have been making me feel at home since I came to Nigeria,” he said.

Lucas has played for clubs in the United State, Greece and Brazil. The playmaker is known for his free-kick taking ability, good passer of ball.

The Brazilian in the last two season has scored 32 goals with 62 assists.
Joining Kwara United will bring a wealth of experience into the team, which will help them to sustain their stay in the Nigeria top-flight league and also getting a continental ticket.

Former Super Eagles and Enyimba goalkeeper Dele Aiyenugba has also joined Kwara United, after returning from Israel.

Jide Fatokun from Akure-based Sunshine Stars, Bashiru Monsuru from Nasarawa United of Lafia and Michael Ohanu from Akwa United of Uyo are also among players signed on by Kwara United recently.

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Chelsea Sacks Frank Lampard After 18 Months in Charge

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Chelsea football has sacked Frank Lampard as head coach.

In a statement, Abramovich said: “This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances, we believe it is best to change managers.

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Ahmed Musa Set for West Brom Move

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Super Eagles forward and skipper, Ahmed Musa, is reportedly set for a move back to the English Premier League but on a short term deal.

The 28-year-old who has been unattached since quitting Al Nassr in October 2020 is expected to join West Bromwich Albion in the coming days.

According to reports, the Baggies have requested a visa for the winger and have also scheduled him for a medical on Wednesday.

West Brom manager, Sam Allardyce, needs a cut-price forward to help his team score enough goals and avoid relegation.

Musa, had an unsuccessful stint at Leicester City and is reportedly interested in the move. It is believed the Super Eagles skipper wants to show he has the quality to succeed in the Premier League.

Capped 95 times by Nigeria, Musa’s career has stalled since he left CSKA Moscow in 2016. Having scored 55 goals in 167 appearances for the Russians, he joined Leicester City in the summer of that year.

Things did not work out at the King Power Stadium, as the African made just seven league starts in 21 outings.

He joined after the Foxes had claimed the Premier League title and hoped to be part of something special with the club.

But he was loaned back to CSKA for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.

He was then sold to Al Nassr in January 2019 and played 62 times in all competitions before being released.

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FA Cup: Salah Scores Brace as Liverpool Bow Out 3-2 to Man United

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English champions, Liverpool, were on Sunday knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in a thrilling 3-2 encounter at Old Trafford.

Mohamed Salah’s chipped finish gave Liverpool a short-lived lead after 18 minutes until Mason Greenwood levelled for Manchester United eight minutes later in an even first half.

Marcus Rashford stunned Liverpool early in the second half and Salah scored again to restore equal terms until Fernandes fired a 78th-minute direct free-kick into the bottom right corner to complete the victory.

“When you go a goal down, the reaction of everyone was really good,” said Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who famously scored the winner in a 1999 2-1 FA Cup victory between the English giants.

“Great goal, good free-kick. (Fernandes) stayed about 45 minutes after training yesterday (Saturday) shooting free-kicks. So, I was pretty confident he could score one if he got the chance.”

Manchester United will host West Ham United in their fifth-round tie in early February.

Earlier, Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick to help Chelsea advance with a 3-1 win over second-tier Championship side Luton Town in snowy conditions at Stamford Bridge.

English Premier League (EPL) sides Leicester City and Burnley are also through with Leicester coming back from a goal down to beat Brentford 3-1, while Jay Rodriguez scored twice for Burnley in a 3-0 win at Fulham.

Liverpool lost their three-year unbeaten league stretch at Anfield on Thursday against Burnley and have not won a game since securing a 4-1 success against Aston Villa in the previous Cup round.

Juergen Klopp’s men found the start they needed when Roberto Firmino threaded a pass to Salah, who flicked the ball over Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Manchester United responded moments later when Rashford picked out Greenwood with an inch-perfect ball from the middle of the field which required just two touches for the England international to score.

Greenwood returned the favour at the start of the second half when his lofted pass caught Liverpool defender Rhys Williams off guard as Rashford raced through to put Manchester United ahead.

As the hour mark approached, Salah boosted Liverpool’s hopes with a second goal when he swept home a low cross from Firmino.

But when Fabinho fouled Manchester United’s striker Edinson Cavani on the edge of the box, the tie was done.

Portugal midfielder Fernandes stepped up, picked his spot and lashed in the winner for his 28th Manchester United goal.

Abraham scored two goals in six minutes with 17 minutes played to put Chelsea in command, but Luton’s Jordan Clark gave the visitors hope on the half-hour mark.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was at fault for Luton’s goal as Clark’s low shot from a tight angle slipped through the Spaniard’s hand.

England striker Abraham completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute with an easy tap-in, before his German team-mate Timo Werner had a late penalty kick saved by Simon Sluga.

“Great to score a hat-trick and win the game so comfortably,” Abraham said. “It is always nice to get a win and play well. Hopefully we will take that confidence on.”

Frank Lampard’s men will travel to Barnsley for the next round, another Championship side who progressed on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Norwich.

Leicester City, who were without striker Jamie Vardy due to a hernia, were stunned in the seventh minute.

That was when second-tier Brentford’s Danish defender Mads Sorensen knocked in from close range when Leicester failed to clear a corner-kick.

But a second half goal from Cengiz Under, a Youri Tielemans penalty kick and James Maddison’s 71st minute strike saw them through to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the fifth round.

Rodriguez’s double, plus a goal from Kevin Long, earned Burnley a meeting with either fourth-tier League Two side Crawley Town or Bournemouth, who play their tie on Tuesday.

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