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Nigerians jubilate over Anthony Joshua’s Victory

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Nigerians have heralded the victory of British boxer of Nigerian descent, Anthony Joshua after he regained the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr.

There was particularly wild jubilation in Sagamu, Ogun state on Saturday night as Joshua’s relatives and fans were seen dancing and chanting victory songs after the British boxer of Nigerian descent was declared winner.

Joshua on Saturday night defeated Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim his three world heavyweight championship belts — setting some new records in the process.

The judges unanimously adjudged Joshua winner with 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 over Ruiz Jr and made history by winning the first world heavyweight title bout in the Middle East.

He has now reclaimed the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles from Ruiz Jr.

The fight was held in the purpose-built 15,000 stadium in Diriyah arena in Saudi Arabia.

The 30-year old is now the 4th deposed world heavyweight champion to win an immediate rematch in 127-year history of the category — 11th fighter to have attempted it.

The Briton came after Floyd Patterson Vs Ingemar Johansson in 1960, Muhammad Ali Vs Leon Spinks in 1978 and Lennox Lewis Vs Hasim Rahman in 2001.

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Solskjaer wants Lingard back to his best after cut back on social media

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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Jesse Lingard has toned down his social media activity in order to recapture his best form in the second half of the campaign.

Lingard failed to score or assist in the Premier League in 2019 calendar year and has lost his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of this year’s European Championship.

“Jesse has had his ups and downs as I’ve spoken about before. We want him back scoring goals and making assists.

“There’s no one who runs as much, he’s great trigger for us in the pressing, he’s a lively, bubbly character,” Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of United’s League Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Lingard recently said in an interview with the Daily Mail that he feared for his United future after posting a bizarre video on social media with team mate Marcus Rashford in the close season.

Solskjaer had reprimanded the midfielder for his conduct and said it was important to speak to players about how they portray themselves online.

“I don’t think you see as much in the social media as you used to from Jesse.

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UEFA’s 50 for the Future: Arsenal’s Saka makes list

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Bukayo Saka makes UEFA's list

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been recognized by UEFA has one of the 50 youngsters expected to becomes stars in two years’ time.

The official website of UEFA which published the list had Saka has the only player of Nigerian descent worthy of selection in the prestigious list. Saka is also eligible to play for the Nigeria national team.

The player was recognized thanks to his brilliant performances for Arsenal in this season’s Premier League and Europa League.

The other Premier League starlets that made the list include Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Reece James (Chelsea), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) and Troy Parrott (Tottenham).

On Saka, they wrote: “In September, at 18 years and 14 days old, winger Saka became Arsenal’s youngest European scorer since Aaron Ramsey in 2008.”

A Hale End Academy graduate, Saka made his first team debut against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League on November 29, 2018, becoming the 15th youngest player to debut for Arsenal aged 17 years, 2 months and 24 days.

A winger by trade, the versatile Saka has been deployed at left-back in his last five matches for Arsenal in the Premier league, including Wednesday’s win against Manchester United.

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Makinde, Ogundoyin, Others watch Shooting Stars trash Ekiti United in Ibadan (Photos)

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Gov Makinde watches with excitement as Shooting Stars trash Ekiti United

…honours ex sports commissioner, 3SC coach

Oyo state Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde was present at the football match between the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) Ibadan and Ekiti United at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamsingba in Ibadan.

The match played on Sunday evening saw the 3SC team beat their counterpart in a 1-0 victory.

Makinde took to his official twitter handle to celebrate the football Stars on the commendable feat.

Also present were Oyo state House of Assembly speaker, RT Hon Debo Ogundoyin, commisioner of youths and sports, Seun Fakorede amongst others.

The governor also honoured a former player and coach of the club, Felix Owolabi and former commissioner for youths and sports, Ayoola Makanjuola for contribution to sports development in the state.

He said: “We attended the match between Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Ibadan and Ekiti United at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasigba, this evening. Congratulations to our team for the 1-0 victory.

“It was an opportunity to honour former player/coach, Felix Owolabi and former Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Ayoola Makanjuola for their outstanding contributions to 3SC and sports development in Oyo State.”

Makinde honours Ex Coach Felix Owolabi in Ibadan/Twitter

Makinde honours Former youths and sports commissioner, Ayoola Makanjuola in Ibadan/ Twitter

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