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AFRICAN FOOTBALL
• Nigerian goalkeeper admits he would like to end his career in Europe. 

• Legendary Nigerian winger Emmanuel Amunike has picked Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema as the most outstanding players in the Spanish La Liga this season. 

• Arsenal target Emmanuel Dennis looks set to leave Club Brugge before the start of the 2020/21 season. 

COMPLETE SPORTS
• Super Eagles Alex Iwobis’ Everton has agreed a club-record partnership deal with Danish sportswear brand hummel.

• Sky Bet Championship club Queens Park Rangers are interested in signing Queens Park Rangers Nigerian born winger Bright Osayi-Samuel. 

• SC Heenreveen winger Chidera Ejuke says he is prepared to wait for his chance to feature for the Super Eagles.

• Former Pharaohs of Egypt coach Hector Cuper is disappointed with the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation to hand Gernot Rohr a new contract. 

• Nigeria winger Samuel Chukuweze is thrilled to return to training with his Spanish club Villarreal.

• Nigeria forward Taiwo Awoniyi hopes to score on a regular basis for FSV Mainz as they continue their fight to escape relegation in the Bundesliga this season.

DAILY INDEPENDENT
• Zimbabwean Government to allow low-risk sports like Golf, swimming, tennis, and athletics a to resume.

• Track and field great Usain Bolthas becomes a father for the first time after his partner Kasi Bennett gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, his agent confirmed to CNN Sport.

• The Proprietor of Olansile Football Academy, Olansile Sulaiman, has identified lack of facilities as one of the challenges militating against the development of grassroots football in Nigeria. 

• Succour is on the way of ailing former Super Eagles defender, Sunday Eboighe, as team of medical experts raised by the Edo state Deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shuiabu, and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, to look into his medical condition has commenced proper evaluation of his case. 

 • The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has disclosed that a lot of coaches, particularly those of Nigerian descent based abroad had indicated interest in managing the Super Falcons, which have been without a substantive manager for some time now. 

• Tijani Babangida, former Super Eagles winger, believes the bribery allegation against the late Stephen Keshi, former captain and manager of the Nigerian national team, was baseless and held no waters. 

• One of Arsenal’s top priorities over the last few months has been tying Bukayo Saka down with a new contract and many fans are convinced the youngster is finally on the brink of renewing after a ‘hint’ on the club’s Instagram page.

DAILY TIMES
• Olympic sprint legend Usain Bolt has become a father for the first time after welcoming the birth of a baby girl with partner Kasi Bennett, reports said Monday. 

DAILY TRUST
•A former Nigerian International, Moses Kpakor has said the targets set for Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr by the Nigeria Football Federation are too cheap and unbefitting of the status of the country in world football. 

• The National Council of Sports has given stringent conditions before the suspended National Sports Festival, tagged Edo 2020 can be held. 

• Nigeria legends Emmanuel Amuneke and Mutiu Adepoju have expressed their pleasure with the progress of Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze. 

GOAL
• Zimbabwe national team coach Zdravko Logarusic says it is “not normal sitting at home without football” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

• Kenyan and Montreal Impact midfielder Victor Wanyama, has revealed Sadio Mane felt Southamptonplayers did not want to pass to him during their time at the club.

• Abia Warriors sporting director Patrick Ngwaogu believes football will change for the better when the Covid-19 outbreak has been brought under control. 

• Harambee Stars goalkeeper Faruk Shikalo has revealed his happiness for receiving his bonus from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) for participating in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

• Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi said Jurgen Klopp’s impact at Liverpool is similar to what he is seeing at Mainz 05.

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. 

• Former Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has revealed how excelling at the 1994 African Cup of Nations helped him seal the move to Reggiana, becoming the first Nigerian international to feature in Serie A.

• Former Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie says he regretted missing out on the team that won the 2013 African cup of Nations in South Africa. 

• Former Super Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi is facing sluggish progress in his chances of joining Botafogo of Brazil due to his desire to get more than over $100,000 salary offer that the club have tabled before him. 

• FIFA is set to announce the host of the 2023 Women’s World Cup on June 25, despite the postponement of Congress to September. 

• Manchester United of England striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has received massive support for a full contract with Manchester, as former Liverpool striker, John Barnes believes the Nigerian star is worth every penny of the 20m price tag placed on him by his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua of China.

• Stand-in Coach of Nigeria’s women cadet team, the Flamingos, Bankole Olowookere has hinted that the teamwould have defeated their Ghanaian counterparts and qualify U17 World Cup. 
 
• Confederation of African Football (CAF) has begun the disbursement of financial rewards to Enyimba FC and Enugu Rangers for participating in this season’s continental clubs’ competitions. 

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.

• Former Super Eagles Winger Victor Moses, Belgium International Romelu Lukaku and other Inter Milan players, as well as the coaching and management staff tested negative in the latest coronavirus test carried out.

• Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has disclosed that his three assistants are part of the $55, 000 monthly salary he earns as the teams handler.

• Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie is in search of a new club after her six years stint with French club side Guingamp expired in May.

• The Federation of International Baskeball Association, FIBA has confirmed that the qualifiers for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games will hold between June and July next year.

• A Non-Governmental Organisation, GEOGOJIH Foundation has donated the sum of N410, 000 as palliative to all the 36 coaches of Nigeria Handball including FCT to cushion the impact of the national lockdown by the federal and state government as part of measures to curtail the ravaging coronavirus also referred to as COVID-19.

 • Nigerian’s first and only individual Olympic Gold Medallist, Chioma Ajunwa-Opara has poured out great encomium on the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare for remembering and providing succour to the mothers of late ex internationals in the country.

PUNCH NIGERIA
• Former Super Eagles striker, Jonathan Akpoborie, says lack of proper development is the main reason why Nigerian players fail to succeed in the German Bundesliga in recent times.

• Former Super Falcons star Maureen Mmadu says a female coach will be suitable for the countrys womens national team. 

• Club Brugge Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis admits hes in regular contact with Aston Villa pair Wesley Morales and Marvelous Nakamba, which has fuelled rumours he could be on his way to Villa Park. Both players left Brugge to join Villa in the Premier League last summer after Dean Smiths side were promoted.

THE SUN NIGERIA
• The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has directed coaches of long-distance races to come up with proposals for renovating the training camps in Pankshin, Plateau State and Mambila, Taraba State to acceptable standards.

• Guingamp have wished Desire Oparanozie luck for the future after the Nigeria striker left the French women’s top-flight club, thanking her for the ‘amazing goals.’ 

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.

• The Sports Ministry and Edo 2020 organisers are scouting for a new date for the National Sports Festival after the March 20-April 2 date was scuttled by the COVID-19 worldwide sports postponements, which included the 2020 Olympics, now to run in the summer of 2021.

• Some professional football players in Latin America and Africa are relying on food packages during the novel coronavirus stoppage, the global players’ union, FIFPRO, said on Wednesday. 

• Former Super Eagles greats, Emmanuel Amuneke and Mutiu Adepoju have expressed delight at the performances of Super Eagles players in the Spanish LaLiga. 

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