Christopher Aurier, brother of Tottenham’s Serge, shot dead in France

A younger brother of Tottenham player Serge Aurier has been shot dead in the French city of Toulouse, reportedly outside a night club.

Christopher Aurier died in hospital after emergency services found him shot in the stomach in an industrial zone on the city’s outskirts, French media say.

His suspected killer escaped the scene, a source close to the inquiry said.

Christopher Aurier, who was a citizen of Ivory Coast like his brother, was also a footballer, playing in France.

A Tottenham statement said: “The club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away in the early hours of this morning.

“We are supporting Serge at this difficult time and we ask that the privacy of the player and his family is respected. Everybody at the club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with them all.”

How did he die?

Emergency services arrived on the scene at around 05:00 (03:00 GMT) on Monday, French TV reports.

Local people had called the police when they found the victim lying on the ground with a stomach wound.

According to a report by Europe 1, he was wounded when two bullets were fired at a night club.

Toulouse newspaper La Dépêche published a photo of what it said was the crime scene outside Kin’s night club near the Boulevard de Thibaud.

Who was Christopher Aurier?

The 26-year-old had played for local team Rodéo Toulouse – which was in the French fifth division last season – after stints at Racing Club de Lens, Gueugnon, Chantilly and Belgian club Rebecq, Le Figaro reports.

His brother Serge, 27, is a right-back at Premier League club Tottenham and also captains the Ivorian national team.

Real Madrid star, Eden Hazard adds £500,000 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ to his stunning car collection

Real Madrid and Belgium star, Eden Hazard has splashed £500,000 on a brand new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

The former Chelsea winger, 29, was spotted on Sunday, July 12, arriving for training in his new supercar, which can do over 217 mph, and go from 0-60 in an incredible 2.8 seconds.

Hazard has also been spotted in various rides over the years, including a Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR, Audi R8 V10, BMW X6, Audi RS4 Avant, Range Rover, Aston Martin Vanquish and Mercedes C Class.

Nigerian footballer diagnosed with Coronavirus in Italy

 

Italian born Nigerian player, Paul Akpan Udoh, has become the first footballer to be infected with coronavirus .

King Paul as he is also know currently plies his trade with Pianese, an Italian Serie C side. He was diagnosed of the disease on February 27, and he has been quarantined.

The 22-year-old started his career with Reggiana before moving to Juventus in 2011 where he was loaned back for a year.

After progressing through the youth ranks of Juventus, Udoh secured a loan move to Virtus Lanciano, a Serie B side in 2016 with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Failing to impress, he was returned to Juve, and then loaned to Lega Pro side Pontedera later the same year.

He had a loan stint with Pontedera, Fernana, Fano and Viareggio before joining Pianese on July 14, 2019.

Coronavirus has spread from China to countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa.

Italy is the country in Europe with the highest number of reported cases. Some Italian Serie A matches were postponed last weekend as a preventive measure against the spread of the virus.

City, Chelsea battle Reds for £60m Chuwkueze

City, Chelsea battle Reds for £60m Chuwkueze
City, Chelsea battle Reds for £60m Chuwkueze

City, Chelsea battle Reds for £60m Chuwkueze

It’s no longer news that EPL league leaders, Liverpool, are interested in Super Eagles mazy winger, Samuel Chukwueze.

Jurgen Klopp reportedly made his interest in the Villarreal starlet concrete by offering £30m, a bid reportedly turned down by the Yellow Submarines as it fell short of their £60m valuation of the player.

And, according to Dailymail, the Reds may have to contend with Manchester City and Chelsea for his signature.

Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard are both reportedly interested in the promising talent and will prepare a summer move for him.

But, there is a twist to the story.

The move for the Nigerian may not materialise owing to CAF’s decision to revert AFCON back to January format, says Sportsmail.

“He is a Nigeria international, however, and that could work against him following the announcement that the Africa Cup of Nations will revert back to its January format when it is hosted by Cameroon next year.”

Chukwueze has played 22 times, scoring three league goals and grabbing three assists for the Yellow Submarines so far.

PSG stroll past Dijon into French Cup last four

     Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the semi-finals of the French Cup on Wednesday after thumping Dijon 6-1 in a match that saw the French champions benefit again from comical own goals.

     PSG were ahead just 47 seconds after kick off thanks to Wesley Lautoa shanking Mitchel Bakker’s low cross into his own net to the bemusement of his teammates.It was the second own goal in a week to be scored for PSG, who also saw Lyon’s Fernando Marcal slam a stunning effort past his own goalkeeper at the weekend.
     However, the hosts were level in the 13th minute thanks to an impressive low curling effort from Mounir Chouiar, which squeezed past Kaylor Navas.

The Uruguayan was left waiting his 200th goal for the club in the 21st minute when he turned home Thomas Meunier’s cross, only for the strike to be ruled out for handball by the Belgian after a VAR check.
Mbappe put PSG ahead a minute before the break, punishing Jhonder Cadiz’s miss when clean through seconds before by clinically slotting home a similar chance.
Thiago Silva added a third four minutes after the break with a header from a corner before Pablo Sarabia ended Dijon’s resistance by pushing home his 11th of the season on the rebound.
Senou Coulibaly watched on in horror with five minutes left when Mbappe’s cross looped off his thigh over helpless stopper Runar Alex Runarsson, before Sarabia tapped home his second in stoppage time from another Mbappe centre.
     Later Lyon coach Rudi Garcia faces his old team Marseille, while on Thursday fourth division side Epinal — last 16 conquerers of Lille — will look to continue their stunning cup run going when they host Saint-Etienne.
They will try to succeed where fellow fourth-tier outfit Belfort failed following their 3-0 defeat to holder Rennes on Tuesday.
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Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: Tetteh names 43-man squad for Eagles clash

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: Tetteh names 43-man squad for Eagles clash
Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: Tetteh names 43-man squad for Eagles clash

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: Tetteh names 43-man squad for Eagles clash

Sierra Leone head coach, Sellas Tetteh, has released a provisional list of 43 players to resume camping ahead of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations game against Nigeria, Sports Extra reports.

The Leone Stars will face the Eagles in Uyo on March 23 with the reverse fixture to be played in Freetown.

Nigeria currently lead Group L with six points while Sierra Leone are bottom of the table with just one point from their opening two games.

According to a report on Politicosl.com, East End Lions FC and FC Kallon – clubs in the Sierra Leonean’s topflight division have the highest number of players in the squad with eight players each in the 43-man list.

Kamboi Eagles have six while Bo Rangers have seven.

Meanwhile, Musa Kamara has been recalled to the squad after serving a two-match suspension by the technical team for disciplinary issues.

The players were drawn from all 14 clubs in the league.

RSLAF FC, Anti-Drugs and Central Parade, all have one player each in the squad.

The report further revealed that the invited players are expected to balance their training with the national team and their respective clubs.

The list will be pruned down by Tetteh in the coming week when the list of the overseas-based players will be announced.

 

EPL: Ighalo Reveals What Manchester United Lacks

Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, has revealed that Manchester United lacks a striker who stays in the middle of the opponent’s box.

The former Super Eagles player joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after agreeing on a six-month loan with Man United from Shanghai Shenhua on transfer deadline day.

Ighalo while speaking with MUTV ahead of the Red Devils clash with Chelsea on January 17 said, “I watch Man Utd’s matches and sometimes they lack a striker who stays mostly in the middle of the opponent’s box.”

“The likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford enjoy coming from the outside of the box.”

“The Red Devils need a player in the middle of the attack who can keep and hold the ball.”

“As I have watched many United’s matches, they need that physical presence there in the middle.”

Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, has revealed that Manchester United lacks a striker who stays in the middle of the opponent’s box.

The former Super Eagles player joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after agreeing on a six-month loan with Man United from Shanghai Shenhua on transfer deadline day.

Ighalo while speaking with MUTV ahead of the Red Devils clash with Chelsea on January 17 said, “I watch Man Utd’s matches and sometimes they lack a striker who stays mostly in the middle of the opponent’s box.”

“The likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford enjoy coming from the outside of the box.”

“The Red Devils need a player in the middle of the attack who can keep and hold the ball.”

“As I have watched many United’s matches, they need that physical presence there in the middle.”

“This I believe I can improve to the team under Solskjaer if everything goes fine.”

Premier League Announces Changes To Summer Transfer Window (See Details)

 

Clubs in the English Premier League have agreed to change the summer transfer deadline to the beginning of September.

The transfer window in England always closes 24 hours before the new season kicks off in the last two years.

Clubs agreed to the deal because they will benefit from a longer window, to sort out the transfer business.

With August 31 being a Bank Holiday, the window will close 5 pm on Tuesday, September 1 from next season.

“At a shareholders’ meeting today, Premier League clubs voted to adopt a change to the summer transfer window closing date for season 2020/21.”

“This will move the closing date back to the traditional point at the end of August/early September.”
“The 2020 closing date will, therefore, be 17:00 BST on 1 September (31 August 2020 being a UK Bank Holiday).”

“Clubs agreed after discussing the topic at length at previous Shareholders’ Meetings,” a Premier League statement read.

The Premier League also confirmed the 2020/2021 season will start on Saturday, August 8.

‘I can’t even feel my toes, but I’m still alive’ – Injured Paul Pogba says on hospital bed after surgery

Injured Manchester United player, Paul Pogba, has taken to social media to let fans know about his state of health after recently undergoing an ankle surgery.

 

Pogba who has only made eight appearances for Manchester United this season because of the ankle injury, took to Instagram to joke about his state of health.

 

Speaking on his Instagram stories on Tuesday afternoon, Pogba said: ‘I don’t even know if I’m high or sober, well I don’t look sober.

‘You see my ankle like that, I can’t even feel my toes, but I’m still alive, that’s good news. I’ll keep you updated.’

 

Pogba added: ‘I’ve still got the smile’.

 

Looking at two pieces of bread, he said: ‘It’s one thing I don’t understand, what do you want me to do with this?

‘I can drink my pee pee, it looks like apple juice, fresh one.

‘I think people told me that I look drunk. I didn’t drink alcohol, they give me some things on my arm, I don’t know what’s that.

‘I woke up, I couldn’t lift up my leg and I was like ‘where am I, in Manchester? In Paris? In Guinea?’

Kanu Nwankwo pictured with Arsene Wenger at CAF Awards

Legendary African footballer and former Arsenal player Kanu Nwankwo was this afternoon pictured with legendary coach and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the sidelines of the CAF Player of the Year Awards holding tonight at Hurghada, Egypt.

Kanu posting on his Twitter account captioned the post; “Kan U guess who i’m happy to see here ? the correct answer is no other than Legendary Arsené Wenger the boss.

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