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Eagles to get $20,000 goal against Cameroon

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If the Super Eagles are able to repeat their feat against Cameroon in the second leg, they would be in for dollar rain.

Businessman Aka Udofia has offered the Super Eagles the sum of $20,000 for every goal scored in Monday’s 2018 World Cup qualifer against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in Yaounde.

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The businessman from Akwa Ibom State made the promise as he briefly greeted players and officials inside the chartered ARIK Bombadier CRJ 1000 aircraft just before the team took off at the Ibom International Airport, Uyo.

“I am a very good friend of the Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, and I am happy that I am here in time to see you guys before take-off for Yaounde,” Udofia told the Eagles on Sunday.

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“I watched the game against the Cameroonians on Friday and I am sure you have the ability to conquer them again in their own territory. I promise to reward you with $20,000 for every goal scored in Yaounde,” Udofia announced to the applause of players and officials.

Three-time champions Nigeria play Cameroon on Monday in Yaounde in a Day 4 encounter of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Africa qualifying race, with five points clear of second –placed Zambia and seven ahead of third-placed Cameroon.

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Jose Mourinho takes a swipe at Arsenal after the club made a social media post mocking his team

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Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho, has taken a swipe at Arsenal after the club’s Twitter account mocked Tottenham following their loss to Sheffield United this weekend.

Following Spurs’ recent 3-1 loss against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Arsenal posted that they had travelled to the same venue last month and claimed a 2-1 win in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Arsenal shared a now-deleted post on Facebook with the caption: “It’s not easy beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.”

Mourinho has now reacted after he was told about the post

“I think if they were top of the league or fighting for top four in a really good moment they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others. You only enjoy the problems of others when you are also in trouble,” Mourinho said on Monday.

“In the end it says more about them. They don’t have much to celebrate, they have to get every opportunity to do it. They are in a very similar situation to us in the table.

“I don’t like to connect the club with some post or tweet. Maybe I am wrong, maybe I am right, but the person that did it probably did it by themselves. I don’t believe it was [Mikel] Arteta that posted, I don’t believe it was [Granit] Xhaka or another captain that did it.

“It was probably some guy that was at home for three months working from home. No problem at home, but we will be waiting for them.

Spurs have finished above the Gunners for the past three seasons and but Mourinho says the club should be aiming higher.

“To be the champion of north London means nothing for me because I think you have to be much bigger than that and have much more ambitions than that,” Mourinho said.

“But I always look to the rivals of my clubs with different eyes. As you know I have been in so many big clubs with so many special rivals so I don’t hide that Arsenal in this moment is a very special rival.

“Yes I would like to finish in a better position in the table than them. But again I want my team to be bigger than that, I want my club to feel bigger than that.”

Arsenal currently sit seventh in the Premier League, four points clear of Tottenham, who do have a game in hand. 

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Aruna Quadri assists Sporting to win 37th title in Portugal

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It was an emotional ending for Quadri Aruna during the final of the Portuguese national league final as the Nigerian played his last match for Sporting and contributed to winning the 37th title.

Sporting CP won their fifth championship trophy in a row after beating GD Toledos 3-0 in the 2nd leg of the final held at the High-Performance Center of Vila Nova de Gaia, after repeating the same margin in the first leg on Saturday, July 4.

The top player in Africa who joined the team in 2016 from GD Toledos was the cynosure of all eyes as fans and players hailed the Nigerian for his immense contribution to the team.

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To win the fifth league title with Sporting, Quadri was full of appreciation to the team that he admitted has helped his career to glow.

From the 18 league matches played this season, Sporting were unbeaten dropping only five sets in all their matches to attain 70 points which are 22 more than second-placed GD Toledos.

A delighted Aruna who will be moving to Germany next season described Portugal as a home away from home.

“After ten years in Portugal, it was time to leave for a championship with another level. I was very happy here, Portugal for me is almost the same as Nigeria and I will continue to live in Portugal because I have a family here. I will train a few times at Sporting for the year,” he said.

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For the final match against his former club, he said: “It was a very difficult game particularly against my former team and mate, Diogo Silva, who is a player with a lot of talent. We played together for four years and it is always difficult to play against him.”

His compatriot, Bode Abiodun admits that it was a difficult match having returned to the game after several weeks of inactivity.

Abiodun said: “It was a very difficult game, but I am very satisfied with the victory and with another title, which was the main objective of the season.”

Portuguese international, Diogo Carvalho also spoke about the tie saying, “We managed to win another title for Sporting, which was our goal. The match with Énio was very tactical because we know each other well, we played together for six years in Spain, so we know each other’s game.”

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The coach of Sporting, Chen CP Shao, lauded the players.

She noted: “This Championship final was complicated, with a long stop and now without the public at the stands.

The players managed to show some quality, despite having been out for four months.”

For the President of Portugal Table Tennis Federation, Pedro Miguel Moura ending the league was a big achievement for the federation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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7th wedding anniversary: Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Austin Ejide celebrates his wife, Chitto

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Austin Ejide and his wife, Chitto are celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary today, July 6.

The goalkeeper who plays for Hapoel Hadera in Israeli took to Instagram to share beautiful photos from his 2013 wedding to his wife and then wrote:

“Two hearts that beat as one. Happy Wedding Anniversary to us. Oyibo things”

The couple are blessed with four children together, two boys and two girls.

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