Pictures from Vincent Kompany’s testimonial game….

Vincent Kompany missed his testimonial due to a hamstring injury sustained while playing for Anderlecht in August

Present and past premier league stars played at the Vincent Kompany’s testimonial as a Manchester City legends XI drew 2-2 with a Premier League legends side. The 33-year-old, who joined Anderlecht in the summer, played no part at Etihad Stadium due to a hamstring injury. The math held at Etihad stadium on 11th September to bid the City’s former captain goodbye for his dedicated services to the team.

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Neymar booed by own fans….

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Neymar was booed by his own fans throughout his Paris St-Germain return against Strasbourg – then scored an injury-time overhead-kick winner. The Brazil forward missed the opening five games as he tried and failed to seal a move back to Barcelona.

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Bianca Andreescu beats Serena to win US Open….

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19 years old Bianca Andreescu wins 2019 US Open beating Serena Williams in two straight sets 6-3, 7-5. Bianca is the first Canadian to win a major tennis championship. 37 years old Williams’s bid for record equaling 24 Grand Slam continues to wait. The Canadian tore the American into bits at the early that a late resurgence from Williams was a little to late to prevent Andreescu from winning.

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Quique Sanchez Flores reappointed Watford manager….

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Watford have reappointed Quique Sanchez Flores as manager after announcing the exit of Javi Gracia. Sanchez was in charge of Watford for the 2015-16 campaign before leaving at the end of the season. Fellow Spaniard Gracia, whose coaching team have also left, had been in charge since January 2018 – making him the first Hornets boss to last more than one full season since 2013.

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Musa, Ndidi, Ebuehi, Omeruo & Onyekuru pull out of Nigeria friendly….

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As the Super Eagles of Nigeria prepare to face Ukraine in a friendly game on Tuesday September 10, some players that were called up for the game have excused themselves from the game for various reasons. Captain Ahmed Musa is the latest to join the group of injured players. Before him, Tyronne Ebuehi and Wilfred Ndidi had pulled out because of injuries.

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Runner Caster Semenya turns to Soccer….

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Two-time Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya has joined a South African women’s football team. The 28-year-old is unable to compete without taking testosterone-reducing drugs following a rule change by the IAAF, athletics’ governing body. It means she cannot defend her 800m World Championship title in Doha this month – though she is fighting the rule change through the courts.

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Serena Williams to play in US Open final….

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Serena Williams has another opportunity of winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title after beating Elina Svitolina to reach the US Open final. The American, 37, overpowered the Ukrainian fifth seed to win 6-3 6-1. Williams, seeded eighth, is aiming for her first Grand Slam win since giving birth in September 2017.

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FIFA Bans Samson Siasia For Life….

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Former Super Eagles striker (and later coach) Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by FIFA for agreeing to the manipulation of matches. Siasia was coach of Nigeria between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time period when FIFA believes he committed his infractions is unclear. He has also served as coach of the country’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides.

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Nigeria invite 23 players for Ukraine friendly….

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Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, has invited 23 players for the upcoming international friendly against Ukraine to be played on September 10. Kelechi Iheanacho and Semi Ajayi have been recalled to the team after missing the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Tyronne Ebuehi is back to the team after coming back from a long injury lay off. Emil Maduka Okoye and Joe Aribo are invited for the first time. Daniel Akpeyi, John Ogu and Shehu Abdullahi who were at AFCON 2019 are dropped. Continue reading

It’s Jay Jay Okocha’s birthday today….

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Africa and Nigeria’s soccer legend Austin “Jay jay” Okocha turns 46 today. Okocha made his Super Eagles debut in 1993 against Cote D’Ivoire in Abidjan during a world cup qualifier game. He played for Nigeria 73 times scoring 14 goals in an international career that spanned about 14 years and ended in 2006. He became the Super Eagles captain just before the 2002 world cup. Okocha won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria in his debut tournament in Tunisia and also won the Men’s Soccer Goal Medal at the Atlanta Olympics with Nigeria U-23 team in 1996. In 2004, he won the the African Cup of Nations Golden Boot and Best player awards in Tunisia.

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