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God used Otedola to bring my husband back to life – Christian Chukwu’s wife

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Former Super Eagles Captain/Coach’s wife, Mrs. Lilian Chukwu (left); her husband, Mr. Christian Chukwu; and the Acting Chief Operating Officer, Zenon Oil, Mr. Phillip Akinola

Mrs. Lilian, coach Christian Chukwu’s wife, has thanked Otedola for footing her husband’s medical bill for his treatment and surgery at Wellington Hospital.

Chukwu’s wife who was with him alongside his daughter and sister throughout the duration of treatment in London said God used Otedola “to bring my husband back to life.

The former Super Eagles captain returned to the country on Friday, after nearly two months medical trip to London.

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The Chukwu’s made these statement when they paid the oil mogul a visit in Lagos on Friday. Chukwu also said that he didn’t know Otedola before his complicated medical condition.

He further revealed that Otedola spent a total of N36,635,000 on his treatment, travel and accommodation expenses.

“Otedola has made me, I can play football again.

“If you saw me before I left for London, you won’t believe I’ll be here talking to you. I think I won’t be making a mistake if I say after God, it’s Otedola in my life.

“I had many complications and I couldn’t walk. When I heard Otedola brought out money for my treatment, I marvelled because, in my circle, we didn’t know him before then. We have people with us but maybe they forgot or it’s not in their character (to help).

“I don’t know how to thank Otedola enough, God bless him,” Chukwu said.

Philip Akinola, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Company, who represented Otedola on the occasion, expressed delight at seeing Chukwu back on his feet again.

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Chukwu was the first Nigerian to lift the Africa Cup of Nations trophy when he captained the national team to win the 1980 edition on home soil.

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Champions League: UEFA confirms venue for Man City vs Real Madrid, Bayern vs Chelsea

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UEFA have confirmed that Manchester City will host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie at the Etihad.

There were concerns about playing the last-16 fixtures in different countries because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, the clubs who were due to be at home – City, Bayern Munich (vs. Chelsea), Juventus (vs. Lyon) and Barcelona (vs. Napoli) – insisted they should be able to play on their own grounds, having already played the first leg away from home.

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The quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals will be played in Lisbon, Portugal.

City lead Real Madrid 2-1 ahead of the return leg and were keen not to surrender home advantage.

All ties will now be played as scheduled, with Bayern Munich hosting Chelsea (first leg 3-0), Barcelona playing Napoli at the Camp Nou (1-1) and Juventus at home to Lyon (0-1).

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I gained more Instagram followers after contracting COVID-19, Onuachu says

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Paul Onuachu

KRC Genk striker, Paul Onuachu, says he is “very well” despite contracting COVID-19, as his followers on Instagram increased by over 10,000 after news broke on Wednesday that he had tested positive.

Onuachu was the only Genk player who tested positive for COVID-19 after the club conducted tests on Tuesday in preparation for their first pre-season game.

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He said prior to the tests, he was previously tested twice upon his return to Belgium from Nigeria and both tests were negative.

“I’m very well as I talk with you,” Onuachu said.

“I’m not just in the mood to talk right now. It’s the third test and the first two were negative.

“In a couple of days I will undergo another test and I will be fine, so there’s no need for panic.”

The 26-year-old admitted that his Instagram followers had increased after the news broke that he tested positive for the virus.

“I have even had more followers on Instagram wishing me speedy recovery after the news of my COVID-19 status,” Onuachu added.

Findings on Thursday showed that Onuachu’s Instagram followers increased by 10,000, from 11,700 to 21,700.

“Everyone has to be careful and judge things how they go and hopefully the virus will go soon and everyone will be back to normal.”

Following Onuachu’s test result, Genk’s pre-season friendly against Eendracht Termien on Thursday evening was cancelled

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NFL to ban jersey swaps over virus fears

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Post-game jersey swaps will be prohibited under a range of coronavirus safety protocols set to be introduced by the NFL for the upcoming season, reports said Thursday.

USA Today reported that under the new measures put in place for the 2020 campaign, players from opposing teams would not be allowed to be within six feet of each other after the game.

The rule effectively prohibits post-game gestures such as jersey exchanges and handshakes, a measure that was greeted with scorn by some NFL players on Thursday.

“This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell,” San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman wrote on Twitter.

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“Players can go engage in a full-contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game.”

Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson was similarly perplexed, writing simply: “That’s DAMN silly bro.”

Texans wide receiver Randall Cobb added simply: “This has to be a joke.”

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A draft of the game-day protocols and an infectious disease emergency response plan for training camps were sent to NFL clubs on Wednesday, USA Today reported. The protocols were drawn up by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

Other measures to be put in place include strict body temperature monitoring, with no one who registers a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher allowed into stadiums on game days.

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Players and coaches would be “encouraged” to wear face coverings on the sideline but masks would not be mandatory.

However, game crew and medical staff would be required to don protective masks.

In a further move, home teams would be obliged to stay at hotels on the night before games and head directly to their stadium.

Team arrivals on game day would be staggered while locker and training rooms will also be regularly disinfected.

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