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PSG Manager, Mauricio Pochettino tests positive for COVID-19

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Paris St Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino has tested positive for COVID-19, the club announced.

The official club statement read: “The coach of PSG Mauricio Pochettino is confirmed positive in the Sars-Cov2 PCR test.

“He will therefore respect isolation and is subject to the appropriate health protocol. His assistants Jesus Perez and Miguel D’Agostino will take over from tomorrow in Angers.”

The former Tottenham Manager will now self-isolate and is set to miss the club’s next two Ligue 1 fixtures against Angers and Montpellier.

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has tested positive for COVID-19.

He will therefore enter isolation and is subject to the appropriate health protocols.

His assistants Jesus Perez and Miguel D’Agostino, will take over for tomorrow’s match in Angers

— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 15, 2021

Victory over rivals Marseille in midweek saw Pochettino win the first major trophy of his managerial career following spells with Espanyol, Southampton, and Tottenham in the last decade.

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Burna Boy Features In New Pepsi Advert Alongside Messi, Pogba, Sancho, Others

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Nigerian Musician, Burna Boy featured in a new Pepsi advert alongside football stars Leo Messi, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho and Others.

Burna boy who is a brand ambassador for Pepsi joined other ambassadors as he voiced the theme song in their newest ad which he shared on his official Twitter page.

The song for Pepsi is a new track ‘Rotate’ featuring Becky G on the new Pepsi “Fizz To Life” spot featuring Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho and athlete, Shanice Van De Sanden.

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This is coming after his song ‘Collateral Damage‘ has been used as theme song for popular video game, “Need for Speed Heat”.

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Mbappe Grabs Hat-Trick As PSG Demolish Barcelona In Camp Nou

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Mbappe Grabs Hat-Trick As PSG Demolish Barcelona In Camp Nou

Paris Saint Germain and France Forward, Kylian Mbappe was the hero on Tuesday, grabbing a hat-trick in 4-1 demolition of Barcelona at the Nou Camp in Champions league first leg.

Barcelona took the lead with a penalty scored by Lionel Messi in the 27th minute of the game. He put the ball into the roof of the net past the outstretched arm of Keylor Navas.

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PSG responded immediately, grabbing the equaliser on 32 minutes through Mbappe.

Marco Verratti fed the ball through to Mbappe, who picked up the pass inside the box and quickly sent it into the top left corner, as the goalkeeper was helpless.

The French star got his brace on 65 minutes. A rebound wrong footed everyone except Kylian Mbappe, and he slammed the ball into the open net from close range.

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Five minutes later, PSG made it 3-1 against the host. Leandro Paredes flights the free kick into the box, where Moise Kean peeled off his marker and headed straight inside the upright from the edge of the six-yard box.

Mbappe completed his hat-trick on 85 minutes to give PSG unassailable lead and a strong footing into the quarter-finals.

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Julian Draxler found himself with the ball at his feet in space after a lightning counter attack. He looked and up slide the ball to Mbappe, who coolly slotted the ball past the keeper from close in.

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Gernot Rohr Ask Clubless Ahmed Musa Sort Out Career Before Nigeria’s AFCON Qualifiers

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Nigerian Coach, Gernot Rohr has said that he’ll like to see Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa start playing for a new club after more than three months of being without a club.

Rohr, the Super Eagles coach says he wants Ahmed Musa to be back ahead of their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March.

Nigeria will face the Republic of Benin and Lesotho in their last Afcon qualifying games next month.

Musa has been clubless since October when he left Saudi Arabian side, Al Nass, by mutual agreement and has had failed talks with West Brom of England.

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Rohr says he is hopeful Musa will sort out his career soon.


“We are in touch with our captain, he is in the United Kingdom now,” Rohr told media.

“It’s not so easy to change during the season but he is free to sign where he wants and there’s no obligation to respect the transfer window for him because he was free already.”I am very hopeful that he can sign in the next few days, he wanted to come back to Europe and to play in England so it’s not easy during the season but I’m hopeful that he can sign in the club, it’s very important that everybody is playing in their clubs.

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“It’s a long time that he didn’t play, I think since October, so he needs now to come back in the rhythm of the matches.”  “I hope to see the fans very soon in the stadium, it’s difficult for the fans, we have the pandemic situation for almost one year,” he added.

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“I want to tell them that our boys will fight to forget some disappointment from last year.”

Nigeria is currently leading Group L table of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with eight points.

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Ajax Goalkeeper, Andre Onana Slapped With 12 Months Suspension After Failing Doping Test

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Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper, Andre Onana, 24, has been suspended for 12 months by UEFA after he failed a doping test last October.

The suspension, which is effective as of February 5 will apply to all football activities at both national and international level.

The substance furosemide was discovered in the Cameroon international’s urine in an out of competition test on 31 October last year, but Ajax claim Onana took it “unwittingly” after feeling unwell.

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“On the morning of 30 October Onana did not feel well. He wanted to take a tablet. Unwittingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed,” an Ajax statement said.

Ajax said they would appeal the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The club added: “Onana made a mistake with the product and mistakenly took his wife’s medicine, which ultimately led to UEFA’s action against the goalkeeper. The football association’s disciplinary body ruled that he did not intend to cheat. However, the European Football Association believes that, according to the prevailing anti-doping rules, an athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no prohibited substances enter the body.”

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Onana and Ajax will appeal the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Ajax’s managing director Edwin van der Sar said: “We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs; we stand for a clean sport. This is a terrible setback, for Andre himself but certainly also for us as a club.

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“Andre is a top goalkeeper who has proven his worth for Ajax for many years and is very popular with the fans. We had hoped for a conditional suspension or a much shorter one than this twelve months, because it was demonstrably not meant to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance.”

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Odion Ighalo Joins Al Shabab On A Two-and-half Year Deal

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Former Manchester United Striker, Odion Ighalo has joined Saudi Arabia Pro League side Al Shabab on a permanent deal from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua.


Having completed his loan spell at Old Trafford, the former Nigeria international has teamed up with the Riyadh based outfit


Odion Ighalo joined Premier League side Manchester United in a temporary loan deal at the end of the January transfer window as the Red Devils sought cover in attack for the rest of the 2019-20 campaign, with Marcus Rashford suffering a long-term injury.

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His signing came as a surprise, but the former Watford man scored four goals in eight matches in all competitions – starting just three of those games – and saw his loan extended.

However, he found minutes hard to come by this season as he made just four appearances in all competitions.

Despite having plenty of suitors, the 31-year-old chose to continue his career with the White Lion where he joins Senegal international Alfred N’Diaye.

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