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AFRICAN FOOTBALL
• Former Harambee Stars captain wants to lead the team to brighter future. 

• Real Madrid have reportedly reignited their interest in Liverpool forward Sadio Mane. 

COMPLETE SPORTS
• The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has banned Nigerias London 2012 Paralympic gold medal winner in powerlifting, Esther Oyema, for four years after she committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). 

• Isaac Success club teammate international Adrian Mariappa has been identified as the Watford player that has contracted the deadly coronavirus. 

DAILY TIMES
• The owners of the 32 NFL franchises have agreed to provide Stan Kroenke with over 400million of financing for his stadium project in Inglewood, Los Angeles. 

• In a bid to raise funds in the fight against coronavirus, Football governing body( FIFA is organizing a charity match. 

• The Federal Government will give priority attention to long-distance races in the 2021 budget with plans to revamp two training camps in Nigeria. 

DAILY TRUST
• Tottenham have launched an internal investigation regarding Serge Aurier, with the right-back having broken lockdown guidelines for a third time after posting a series of photos on Instagram on Tuesday evening showing off a new haircut. 

• Nigerian Striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who is on loan to Mainz from English giants Liverpool, says he is focused on working on his weaknesses in the German topflight side before making a return to the Premier League. 

• The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare has reiterated his commitment to reviving the long abandoned Pankshin and Mambila training camps in Plateau and Taraba states respectively. 

• After successfully raising $1 million in an online fundraising campaign, former football star, Fred Oumar Kanoute is set to build first mosque in Spains city of Seville in over 700 years. 

• The IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev said he would not accept a proposal to step aside and give world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua a chance to fight first with fellow Briton Tyson Fury. 

GOAL
• Burundi to become first African nation to resume league football in Covid-19 era.

• You will never regret it’ – Nigeria star Ebi urges youngsters to chase football dream

THE GUARDIAN NIGERIA
• A board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Brown Ebewele is not comfortable with the method adopted in paying N50,000 to established athletes.

• The Sports Ministry has debunked reports that it is trying to force Englishman, Harry Redknapp, on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as replacement for Super Eagles’ Manager

NIGERIAN PILOT
• Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has asked the Nigeria Football Federation NFF to furnish him with plans the body has as welfare package for retired Nigerian footballers. 

PEOPLE’S DAILY
• Super Falcons defender Onome Ebi, 37, believes that the lack of proper structure and academy in the country is one of the major challenges why it is hard for national team players to reach 100 caps.

PUNCH NIGERIA
• SC Heerenveen forward, Chidera Ejuke, says he is delighted with the rivalry between Dutch giants Ajax and Feyenoord over his signature in the summer. 

• Alex Song says he had only £100,000 savings when he left Arsenal.

• The International Paralympic Committee has banned Paralympic champion Esther Oyema for four years after she committed an anti-doping rule violation. 

• Former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, says he made Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu angry during their time at the London club. 

•  Lobi Stars coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, has defended home-based players, insisting they can excel in the Super Eagles if given equal opportunities with their overseas-based counterparts.

• Abia Warriors Sporting Director, Patrick Nwaogu, says they are ready to accept any format the League Management Company applies when the league resumes. 

THE SUN NIGERIA
• Manchester United is ‘relaxed’ about Odion Ighalo’s future at the club and will not make a reckless last minute decision, as the Nigerian’s loan spell comes to an end. 

• Former Valencia and Egypt national team coach, Hector Cuper is disappointed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) decides to extend Gernot Rohr’s contract.

• D’Tigers Captain, Ike Diogu has debunked rumours that he is contemplating quitting Nigeria’s men basketball team. 

• Italian giant, Inter Milan is not ready to pay 10.75 million for former Nigerian international, Victor Moses.

• Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa, who was recently appointed as the Chairman of the 11-man Committee ahead of the Edo 2020, National Sports Festival (NSF) has commended the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare’s proactive and professional style in handling sports activities in Nigeria, even in difficult times.

• One year after his sudden death, family members, friend and colleagues yesterday remembered former coach of Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi, late Solomon Ogbeide. 

• The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has banned former Paralympic champion, Para powerlifter, Esther Onyema for four years after she committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). 

THISDAY
• Former Nigeria’s Super Falcons striker and skipper, Desire Oparanozie, has confirmed her exit from French side, Guingamp.

• Over 220 sportsmen and women have benefitted from the Athletes Relief Fund set up by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to provide palliative for them in response to their inability to earn income as a result of disruptions to the sporting calendar by the COVID-19 pandemic.

VANGUARD
• Spurs fans on Twitter have been reacting to the reported news that Lille are looking to sell some of their most-prized assets this summer and have offered Spurs the chance to sign Victor Osimhen, Mike Maignan and Boubakary Soumare.

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