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EPL: Stop Man City, join forces with two clubs – Ian Wright to Gunners



Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has called on the Gunners to join forces with two other clubs Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to stop Manchester City from winning the Premier League title this season.

Wright believes it would take a ‘collective effort’ from Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham to stop Manchester City from retaining the Premier League title this term.

Recall that Mikel Arteta’s side were close to securing their first Premier League trophy since 2004 last season

But a late capitulation saw Man City come out on top again.

“What I liked about Wolves’ win over Man City is that it shows in this league… if you are not quite right, you will get beat,” Wright told The Kelly & Wrighty Show.

“They had a game plan and we know what it is: Man City will attack you, and you have to take your chances when they come. Even when Wolves went down to 1-1, they still went for them.

“That is what you have to do with Man City. The whole league needs to do that with Man City, to keep them under that pressure.

“It has to be a collective effort to slow Man City down, so Arsenal can hopefully win [the league].

“The top teams – Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – they have to get something off them.

“When you think about those teams chasing Man City and then you hear they’ve got Wolves, naturally in your mind you are putting it down that they will win that game.

“So when you see teams like Wolves putting Man City under pressure and beating them, it gives you more energy.

“If Arsenal are going to win the league, or Tottenham or Liverpool, at some stage you are going to have to beat them at least once. They are capable of being beaten, we see that every season. It is up to us now.”

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Amusan wins fourth national women’s 100m hurdles title



World record holder Tobi Amusan raced to first place in the women’s 100m hurdles at the national trials in Benin City on Monday

It was the fourth time Amusan had won the title.

Tobi Express, as she is fondly called by her admirers, crossed the line in 12.78 seconds, ahead of Adaobi Tabugbo, who finished second in 13.33 seconds. Faith Osamuyi came in third with a time of 13.36 seconds.

The 27-year-old will be hoping for a podium finish at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Amusan came in fourth in the final of the women’s 100m hurdles in Tokyo four years ago.

She will also participate in the African Senior Athletics Championship in Cameroon later this month.

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Transfer: Nigerian-born forward signs new contract at Chelsea



Chelsea has announced that Academy Forward, Tyrique George has signed a new contract until 2027, with a further one-year option.

George joined the Chelsea academy in 2014 as an under-8.

The 18-year-old has progressed through the Academy ranks at the club.

Last season, George played prominent roles across two Chelsea Academy sides and scored several eye-catching goals.

He made 26 appearances for our Under-21s – three of which came in the Premier League 2 playoffs – while 21 outings came with the Under-18s, who ended the campaign as Premier League South champions.

Despite representing England at the youth level, he is eligible to play for Nigeria.

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Gov. Mbah congratulates Rangers for winning NPFL title



Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu State has congratulated Rangers International Football Club of Enugu for winning the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) title with a game to spare.

The congratulatory message followed the team’s 2-0 victory over Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday.

A 33rd minute goal by Kenechukwu Agu and 65th minute goal by Chidiebere Nwobodo handed Rangers their eighth league title and their second since 2016.

Their closest rivals, Remo Stars and Enyimba Football Club, lost their respective match day 37 fixtures 1-2 each against Sunshine Stars and Sporting Lagos.

This left the Flying Antelopes with 67 points with a game to go and five points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Reacting to the development, Mbah said Rangers’ title win and display on the pitch were a clear exciting reenactment of the greatness Enugu State was known for.

He assured that his government would commit more resources toward sports development in the state.

“I can tell you that the government and people of Enugu State are very excited. What we have now is the reenactment of the greatness that Enugu is known for.

“Part of what I said to the players before the match started was that they had the weight of history on their shoulders because they were walking the path legends had walked and that it was incumbent on them to deliver.

“I’m so excited again that this has happened.

“Indeed, our tomorrow is here. It is again part of connecting the dots in the sports sector. As you already know, we want to be the number one in everything we do.

“So, we have zero tolerance for failure or mediocrity and our work ethic is impeccable,” Mbah said.

He said the state would continue on that trajectory, making sure that they had a good reward system, motivate the players to go all out and excel.

On sports infrastructure, he said: “you will attest to the fact that getting our pitch back in shape immediately we assumed office to enable Rangers play their home matches here at ‘The Cathedral’ was a huge motivation for the players.

“But I want to assure Enugu people that they have not seen anything yet. As you are aware, our goal is a total turnaround of the sports industry in the state.

“This includes the sports infrastructure, building world-class facilities and upgrading existing ones to world-class standard.” 

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