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Nigeria crush Sudan in five-goal thriller to qualify for U23 AFCON

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Nigeria U23 football team proved too hot for their visitors on Tuesday after crushing the Sudanese 5-0 to secure their qualification ticket for the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Nigeria, who lost the first leg of their final qualifying round fixtures by a lone goal in Al-Merreikh, Sudan on Friday, overwhelmed the Sudanese in the returning leg at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, Delta State in a five-goal thriller.

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Taiwo Awoniyi scored the opener in the 10th-minute. Ndifriek Effiong scored a brace in the 26th minute and at stoppage time before half time to put Nigeria at 3-0.

Sunday Faleye who came in as a substitute increased Nigeria’s goals to four in the 66th-minute while Ibrahim Sanusi converted Faleye’s assist to seal up the qualifier with the fifth goal in the 68th-minute.

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Nigeria have now qualified for the 2019 U23 AFCON in Egypt in November.

 

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EPL: Crystal Palace distance self from Black Lives Matter movement

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London club, Crystal Palace, have become the first Premier League club to distance themselves from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) UK movement amid controversy being generated by the UK arm of the movement.

Recently, there has been a growing backlash against the aims of the movement ever since the movement gained more popularity following the death of George Floyd.

This week BLM was accused of “spreading hate” after pledging support for Palestine amid Israel’s plans to annex the West Bank.

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The BLM banner has been on display at Selhurst Park during Premier League games and while Crystal Palace insisted they back the “ethos” of the cause, they have issued a statement urging people to adopt the anti-discrimination message and not the wider demands of the movement.

Even the BBC has reportedly told presenters not to wear the badge after the campaign was accused of “hijacking” George Floyd’s death for its own selfish political reasons.

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In a statement today, Palace said:

“As people will have seen from our first home game, we have placed banners over our seated areas at Selhurst Park that read: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

“We stand proudly alongside members of the BAME community, our players and employees, and behind the ideals and ethos of ‘black lives matter.’

“However, we would like to make clear that we do not endorse any pressure group or body that carries the same term in its name, and we strongly believe that organisations should not use this important force for change and positivity to push their own political agendas.

“We want to be part of a world that is fair, inclusive and open to all.

As an organisation, we recognise that we need to do more, and we will do more to contribute towards this goal.”

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Ighalo nominated for Man Utd award

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Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has been nominated for the club’s goal of the month award for June.

Ighalo’s second-half strike in Man United’s FA Cup 2-1 victory against Norwich City last Saturday is nominated along with six other impressive goals.

Anthony Martial (all three goals) against Sheffield United, Harry Maguire’s winning strike against Norwich City, Mason Greenwood’s opener against Brighton and Bruno Fernandes’ second goal against Brighton are also in the running for the award.

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Ighalo won the award for the goal of the month for March.

The Nigerian striker’s stunning goal in the UEFA Europa League clash against LASK was adjudged the best for the month.

The 31-year-old has scored five goals in four starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this season.

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Ighalo is on loan at Man United for the remainder of the 2019/20 season from the Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua.

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Inter to sign Hakimi from Real Madrid

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Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign Moroccan fullback Achraf Hakimi, the La Liga club announced on Thursday.

Hakimi, 21, rose through the ranks at Real Madrid after joining their academy in 2006. He spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed but Italian media reported Inter would pay 40 million euros ($44.93 million) for the right back.

“The club wishes to thank Achraf for his many years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary conduct since he joined our academy in 2006 and wishes him all the very best in this new chapter,” Real said in a statement.

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