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Paul Onuachu tests negative for Coronavirus

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Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu will feature in a friendly game for Belgian Pro League club KRC Genk against Excelsior on Friday after he tested negative for Covid-19.

Paul Onuachu tested positive for Covid-19 last week after returning from a short break in Nigeria.

Paul Onuachu was then quarantined for a week after the test.

“By Friday he will just train with the group,” Genk coach Hannes Wolf told Het Nieuwsblad.

“Paul can also compete against Excelsior on Friday in the test match.”

The rest of the Genk squad including Nigerian duo, Cyriel Dessers and Stpehen Odey also tested negative for coronavirus.

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Fenerbahce want Iheanacho on two-year loan deal

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Turkish giants, Fenerbahce, are set to launch a €12m two-year-loan bid for Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, reports from the country have claimed.

The 23-year-old Nigerian international has been the subject of rumours from the King Power Stadium after manager seemingly Brendan Rodgers okayed the club push for the signing of Celtic forward Ousmane Edouard.

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And that has seen clubs from across the Premier League and continental Europe look to Iheanacho this summer.

Aston Villa are said to be amongst those clubs who have registered an interest and now Fenerbahce have joined the race.

According to reports, the Foxes will be asked to foot the bill for Iheanacho’s wages throughout his time with Erol Bulut’s side at the SuperLig.

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Iheanacho joined the club from Manchester City for a fee of £25m back in 2017 and still has two years left on his current deal at the King Power Stadium. If the deal sails through, the forward would likely spend the remainder of his time as a Leicester City player in Istanbul.

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Iheanacho, who frequently played as a substitute this season, has scored nine Premier League goals for the Foxes in 71 outings.

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From undocumented Nigerian migrant to basketball star, Disney showcases Giannis Antetokounmp rise in ‘Greek Freak’

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Disney has begun its casting call for a new movie called ‘Greek Freak’ which is all about the life of Giannis and his brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

“This story recounts their rise, with the help of their family, from undocumented Nigerian immigrants, living in Greece to basketball superstars in America,” it said on the casting website.

The production crew is looking for two actors to play two different versions of Giannis. The first is someone who is 13-15 years old who will play Giannis in his early teens. The second is a slightly older Giannis who is 15-18 years old to depict Giannis in his mid-teens.

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On the casting website, it says that no acting experience is required. To learn more about what Disney is looking for, you can click on this link.

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NFF shares FIFA’s $772 million COVID-19 relief funds for clubs, leagues, journalists

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On Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it would disburse $2 million to clubs and leagues in order to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The relief fund consists of $1 million from FIFA’s support for restarting the football season; $500,0000 from FIFA’s grant for women’s football; $300,000 of CAF support to member associations and $200,000 from sponsors of the Nigerian FA.

“After consultations with the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Board endorsed the proposal from the secretariat for the lump sum of $2 million only to be shared across the various football clubs and governing bodies of the various Leagues,” NFF said in a statement.

The beneficiary leagues are the Nigeria Professional Football League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women’s Football League and the Nigeria Nationwide League.

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The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Football has yet to resume in a bid to curtail the spread of the disease which has infected nearly 47,000 and killed almost 1,000 people in the country.

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