Neymar rape case dropped by prosecutors

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors are dropping a rape case against soccer star Neymar, they said on Thursday, likely bringing an end to the most serious of charges against the Paris St Germain striker. The former Brazil captain was accused of raping a model in a Paris hotel room but he alleged the encounter was consensual and prosecutors could not find evidence to contradict that. “There was an amorous relationship,” one of the prosecutors, Estefania Paulin, told reporters in Sao Paulo. “What was not proven is that there was violence…

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Mikel clears medical, starts training with Trabzonspor

Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has started training with his new Turkish Super Lig club, Trabzonspor, following the successful completion of his medical. Mikel who was mobbed by excited fans on arrival in Turkey earlier this week was joined in training by another new acquisition, Caleb Ekuban, who is a Ghana international. Both players represented their respective countries at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. “Caleb Ekuban and our new transfer Obi Mikel, who are in the national teams of their countries due to the Africa…

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FIFA expands Women’s World Cup to 32 teams

(Reuters/NAN) Football’s world governing body FIFA has approved the expansion of the Women’s World Cup from the existing 24 teams to 32 for the 2023 edition. It has also reopened the bidding process for potential hosts. “The FIFA Council has unanimously agreed to a proposal to expand the number of teams taking part in the women’s World Cup from 24 to 32. “This is with effect as of the next edition of the tournament in 2023,” it said in a statement. It would be recalled that the United States of…

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Ighalo wins AFCON Golden Boot, retires from international football

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo announced on Saturday his retirement from international football after winning the Golden Boot at the Africa Cup of Nations. The 30-year-old Shanghai Shenhua striker struck five times as the Super Eagles finished third in Egypt, bagging him the top scorer honours with two goals more than Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Cedric Bakambu. “It’s been an amazing 5 years journey, but after the due consultation and extensive discussion with my family, I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the national team,” Ighalo said…

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Dangote, Otedola Dangle $75,000 Per Goal to Super Eagles in AFCON Semi-Final

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has promised the Super Eagles of Nigeria $50,000 (N18 million) for every goal they score in the semi-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Another Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola also made a similar promise to the team that they will get $25,000 (N9 million) for every goal scored. The President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, disclosed this to the team during a breakfast meeting on Thursday in Cairo, Egypt, while congratulating them for their victory against South Africa.

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Fifa president aims to expand Women’s World Cup to 32 teams

Fifa president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the women’s World Cup to 32 teams from 24 for the next edition in 2023, he said on Friday. Ahead of the women’s World Cup final between holders the United States and the Netherlands, Infantino said he would take his proposals to the Fifa council and member associations for approval. “I want to expand the tournament to 32 teams,” said the Swiss-Italian. “We will have to act quickly to decide if we are to increase it for 2023, if we do we should reopen the bidding process to allow everyone…

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I WILL PROVE JOSHUA IS NOT A GOOD BOXER -RUIZ Jnr BOASTS

Andy Ruiz Jr. has vowed to prove his stunning victory over Anthony Joshua was no flash in the pan as the Brit is “not good at boxing,” reports ringtv.com. Ruiz was sensationally crowned IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion by stopping Joshua at Madison Square Garden at the start of this month. The Mexican is set to face Joshua in a rematch later this year and says the 2012 Olympic champion does not have the skills to reclaim his belts. Ruiz said: “The rematch is going to be the same. I am…

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FIFA’s takeover of CAF an embarrassment to Africa – Felix Owolabi

Felix Owolabi, an ex-international, on Friday described the decision of world football governing body FIFA to take over the affairs of CAF as an embarrassment to the continent. Owolabi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it was a development that should not be coming at this point in time. NAN reports that FIFA in agreement with CAF arrived at the decision as a result of allegations of corruption and administrative hiccups. “It’s a shame, honestly, that this is happening now. The timing is wrong. So many…

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Facts emerge why Iheanacho got dropped from Super Eagles’ 2019 AFCON squad

Facts are beginning to emerge why Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr dropped Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho from the list of 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rohr on Sunday named his final 23-man list to the 2019 AFCON leaving out Iheanacho and Semi Ajayi. Iheanacho, was said to be struggling for regular playing time at English Premier League outfit Leicester City in the 2018/2019 season which appeared to have affected his form. He eventually…

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Qatar versus Flying Eagles: Makanjuola vows to score goals as birthday gift

Highly rated Flying Eagles young star Success Makanjuola has vowed to score and win the Man of the Match as a birthday gift for himself when Nigeria take on Qatar on Friday in Tychy, at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. The Water FC of Abuja skillful Winger who is already attracting interests from top football clubs in Europe will turn 18 years on May 24, the same day the Flying Eagles are playing their first match at the World Cup. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that…

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