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Xavi to Barcelona: Don’t buy Mane, Aubameyang [See His Reasons]

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Barcelona legend, Xavi, has warned the club not to make moves for Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, or Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.

Barcelona has been linked with both Aubameyang and Mane this summer transfer window.

But Xavi, who won three Champions League titles during his time at Camp Nou, feels both African players would not suit Barcelona’s style of football.

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“Mane and Aubemayang can kill you in open space,” Xavi was quoted by Metro UK as saying.

“But Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces.

“I’m thinking about a player who would adapt to Barcelona, and it is not easy to find one.

“Samuel Eto’o was perfect, as is Luis Suarez right now.”

Xavi added: “Football-wise, Neymar is among the three or five best in the world. I hope that he returns to Barcelona.”

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Arsenal vs Norwich City: Arteta singles out two players after 4-0 win

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Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has singled out Dani Ceballos and Cedric Soares for praise following his side’s Premier League 4-0 victory against Norwich City on Wednesday night.

According to Arteta, Ceballos gave the Gunners continuity to play without the ball, while Cedric brought a lot of positivity in his team.

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Arsenal defeated Norwich at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Granit Xhaka (1), and Cedric Soares (1).

“I really like Dani. He has a big personality to play and gives us the continuity to play without the ball too. He’s improved so much,” Arteta was quoted by Football London as saying at his post-match press conference.

He added: “I’m so happy for the boy [Cedric]. He’s brought a lot of positivity even with the difficulties he’s had.”

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Arsenal’s next match is against Wolves on Saturday.

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South Africa to stage unique three-team cricket fixture July 18

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) will finally get to try a new format that will see three teams compete in a single 36-over match on July 18.

This has come after it won government approval for the fixture to be played at SuperSport Park in Pretoria.

CSA had to postpone the match from its original date of June 27 as the government had not provided the necessary approval for training and match-day protocols.

However, the players returned to the nets on Monday and the game will now be staged on the 102nd anniversary of the birth of former president Nelson Mandela.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate day on which to hold this game than Nelson Mandela Day when its prime objective is to raise funds for those who have been badly affected by the coronavirus,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul said in a statement on Wednesday.

AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada will lead three teams of eight batting for a total of 12 overs, six per innings, during which time they will face both opponents.

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At the fall of the seventh wicket, the last remaining batsman can carry on but only score in even numbers —- twos, four or a six.

The team with the highest aggregate total at the end will be declared the winners.

The fixture is a chance for the country’s leading players to get some game-time under their belts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will also raise funds for charity.

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South Africa is still seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, with the province of Gauteng, where the fixture is to be played, reporting a sharp increase in the past week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remain humble and ambitious, Sunday Oliseh advises Victor Osimhen after successful season

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Former Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has advised Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, to remain humble after his successful season in France.

Osimhen recently won the Marc Vivien Foe award for best African player in League One, and Napoli also confirmed they have agreed to sign the striker in a mouth-watering deal.

Osimhen won the Marc Vivien Foe award after his incredible debut season in Ligue 1, where he provided 13 goals and four assists in 27 appearances. He is now the second Nigerian player, after goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama who also played at Lille, to clinch the award.

Congratulating the striker on his success, Oliseh praised Osimhen’s hard work but warned him to remain humble.

“First of all, I would like to congratulate Victor Osimhen for being elected winner of the Marc-Vivien Foe Prize. This trophy is important since it rewards the best African player in the French Championship. It is important for us Africans,” Oliseh told RFI .

“I find his victory even more surprising when we see the competitors that Victor had to surpass to win this title. Many people will wonder if he deserves it, if he is stronger than these players.

“But what Victor has done this season is truly exceptional. Thanks to him, his team managed to make a magnificent season.

“I think Victor frankly deserves it because he brought a lot to his club. We really saw the difference when Victor was on the field and when he was not. We see the possibilities he offers his teammates to go forward. We also see the weight it places on the enemy’s defences.

“Frankly, congratulations Victor! You deserve it. But I advise you my little brother to always remain humble and ambitious at the same time.

“Stay professional and good luck. Congratulations again, little brother!”

“When I was coach, I was trying to assemble a new team. In fact, the bases of the current national team are made up of players that I put together. For me, it was important to have young people of the future who were hungry for national team matches.”

“Victor Osimhen was playing at the U17 World Cup at the time. I had watched the meetings with my assistants, including the final won by Nigeria. He had done it with such ease, the way he eliminated his opponents.

“We had planned to invite him to the national team but I left the selection. Otherwise, I would have invited him.

“Because, since Rashidi Yekini left the selection, we have not had a player of the calibre of Victor Osimhen. My plan was to integrate him very slowly into the Super Eagles, to give him a few minutes, before launching him 100% as we did with Wilfred Ndidi or Alex Iwobi at the time.”

 

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