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Nigeria’s Osimhen Tests Positive For COVID-19

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SS Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen has tested positive for COVID-19 on his return to Italy, the club has announced.

Napoli in a statement said Osimhen returned positive after a trip abroad.

The striker, who nursed a shoulder injury for more than one month was scheduled to return to action against Cagliari. He picked up the injury during Nigeria’s 4-4 draw against Sierra Leone in an African Cup of Nations qualifiers game.

“The club can confirm that Victor Osimhen has tested positive for COVID-19 following his return to Italy. Osimhen is currently asymptomatic and has not come into contact with the rest of the squad.”

Osimhen has had an impressive start to life in Italy with Gennaro Gattuso hailing him for the passion he has brought into the team.

The former Lille forward will miss at least one game as he recovers from the virus.

He joined the Partenopei in a bumper deal in the summer of 2020, and has been tipped to shine greatly in Naples.

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Burkina Faso Triple Jumper, Zango Sets World Record in France

Zango, bronze medallist at the 2019 World Championships became Burkina Faso’s first world record holder on Saturday.

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Burkinabe Triple Jumper, Hugues Fabrice Zango has become the first man from the West African country to create a world record.

Zango leapt to glory in France as he posted the longest ever indoor triple jump with a record of 18.07m in Aubiere, France.

A bronze medallist at the 2019 World Athletics Championship, he beat the record set by his current coach, Teddy Tamgho in 2011. He beat the record by 15 centimetres.

What became a glorious outing for Zango started with a foul, but it barely affected his morale as he went on to achieve 17.33m, 17.61m and 17.70m leaps in succession.

The next jump became the best jump of Zango’s career as he achieved a lifetime best record. His leap was 30cm better than his previous best achievement.

Burkinabe President, Roch Marc Kabore took to Facebook to hail Zango.

“Bravo champion,” said Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore.

“(Zango) holds the Burkinabe flag high, filling us with pride,” he wrote.

“I ask him to keep going in preparation for a brilliant performance at the next Olympic Games.”

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Simy’s Brace Helps Bottom Placed Crotone to 4-1 Win over Benevento

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Nigeria international, Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo, simply known as Simy, grabbed a brace to help Crotone secure a 4-1 win against Benevento in a Serie A clash on Sunday.

The 28-year-old striker also assisted a goal in the encounter.

Benevento had Marco Sau red-carded for his protests after the hosts’ fourth goal.

Kamil Glik scored an own goal to put Crotone in front in the 4th minute. Simy made it two for Crotne with his first in the 29th minute.

The Nigerian completed his brace in the 54th minute and then assisted Milos Vulic for Crotone’s 4th goal of the day then Iago Falque came up from the bench to score a consolation for Benevento.

He has now scored 6 of his 52 total goals for Crotone against Benevento; four of the goals were in the Serie B.

This season, Simy has scored six Serie A goals in 18 games.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan beat lacklustre champions Juventus 2-0 in Sunday’s Serie A classic and went top on goal difference ahead of crosstown rivals AC Milan.

Juventus are fifth with a game in hand and stayed seven points off the top, with AC Milan hoping to reclaim first place when they close Match Day 18 at Cagliari on Monday.

Inter Milan were one goal up at half time, thanks to a header from ex-Juve midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The former FC Barcelona player connected with Nicolo Barella’s cross on 12 minutes to net his first goal in the season.

The hosts also came close when Lautaro Martinez missed a tap in after Romelu Lukaku was denied by Wojciech Szczesny.

Juve lacked the speed to threaten the tight Nerazzurri defence and conceded again on 52 minutes, when Alessandro Bastoni sent Barella storming from the midfield to struck under the bar.

“[The goal] was important for me and for the team,” said Vidal, who won the first four in Juve’s record run of nine Scudetti. “We won a difficult game against the strongest team in Italy.

“We showed that we are fit to battle for the title. Wins like these give you the confidence to continue on, but we have to keep working everyday.”

The day’s opener saw Napoli pummel Fiorentina 6-0 to take third place as their inspired captain Lorenzo Insigne hit a brace and provided an assist.

The fast, diminutive Insigne struck clinically on five minutes and was unstoppable when he raced down the left flank to square for the third goal from Hirving Lozano.

Napoli’s other striker Andrea Petagna set up Insigne’s opener and also crossed for the second goal scored by Diego Demme.

Piotr Zielinski fired in off the left post to effectively wrap up matters by half time, and Insigne then converted a penalty kick before a late effort from substitute Matteo Politano.

“I am happy because as a Neapolitan it’s important to reach goals while wearing this shirt,” the Naples-born Insigne said. “But I am happier still about the win because we played as a team with a great performance.

“We made some mistakes in previous games but the good thing is that every three days you have a chance to bounce back.”

Napoli have a game in hand against Juventus and sit six points behind AC Milan.

In Bergamo, Atalanta were held to a 0-0 draw against lowly visitors Genoa, staying sixth one point behind Juventus.

The Bergamaschi also have a game in hand.

Elsewhere, Sassuolo salvaged a 1-1 draw against second-last Parma, thanks to a stoppage time penalty kick.

Fourth-placed Roma lost 3-0 to Lazio in Friday’s city derby.

On Saturday, Bologna beat Verona 1-0, Sampdoria prevailed 2-1 against Udinese as Torino and Spezia drew 0-0.

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Salah, Mane Fire Blanks as Man United Hold Liverpool to 0-0 Draw

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Liverpool forwards, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane, continued their struggles in front of goal as visiting Manchester United hold the Reds to 0-0 draw at Anfield.

With the draw, Manchester United held on to top spot in the ongoing 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL).

Alisson made two good saves for Liverpool while Thiago and Roberto Firmino went close for the hosts as Manchester United remained top, two points clear of Leicester and three ahead of Liverpool.

With Joel Matip not fit to return, Juergen Klopp played midfielder Jordan Henderson in the centre of defence and he and Fabinho kept Marcus Rashford largely at bay.

Firmino had a couple of half chances as Liverpool were the better side in the opening 45 minutes.

The second half was more open and Alisson saved well from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba late on.

At the other end, Liverpool failed to score for the third game in a row.

Earlier, Tottenham moved back into the top four, thanks to a comfortable win.

Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele, with a stunning third goal, secured victory for Jose Mourinho’s side, after David McGoldrick had given Sheffield United hope.

They remain bottom with just five points from 19 games, 11 points from safety at the halfway point in the season.

“Fantastic performance from everyone today —— started really well, aggressive with our press and were clinical to go 2-0 up,” Tottenham striker Kane said.

“Even in the second half, when they scored, we didn’t panic. Tanguy scored a fantastic goal and we saw the game out well, which we haven’t done in the past few weeks.”

Ndombele’s goal was the pick of the four, flicking the ball over the goalkeeper with the outside of his foot from the corner of the penalty area.

“Tanguy’s goal was incredible, the technique he had to flick that ball back over the goalkeeper was truly special,” Kane said.

“There were a couple of chances I could have done better with, the most important thing is winning games.”

McGoldrick said Sheffield United would continue to fight.

“We knew at half time we had to come out. We thought we had a bit of momentum and conceded a sloppy goal. From there they saw the game out,” he said.

“We took a backward step today, but there are a lot of games to go, we have to go again. We aren’t throwing in the towel, we keep on going.

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