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NBBF hails D’Tigers in spite losing  to Libya

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The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has extolled the performance of Nigeria’s senior male national basketball team, D’Tigers, after losing 82-89 to Libya at the FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers in Tunisia.

This is contained in a statement by Akeem Busari, the Media Coordinator of the NBBF, obtained by journalists on Saturday in Lagos.

”We applaud their patriotic dedication to the call to serve country, which was confirmed at extremely short notice.

”in spite  the challenges and unavailability of some other players of the team, who were withdrawn by their professional teams during the period of uncertainty,” he said.

He said that  NBBF Board also expresses its sincere and genuine gratitude and appreciation to the Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Owan Enoh.

”The minister gave his consent for the team to participate in the all important Afrobasket qualifiers in Tunisia.

“The NBBF also expressed its immense appreciation to its various vendors, and creditors for helping to facilitate the participation of the national team in the tournament,“he said.

He said that the federation thanked the vendors and creditors for providing all the necessary logistical support, even at short notice, in spite the  challenges facing the NBBF and the ministry of sports.

“The NBBF also expressed its confidence in the abilities of D’Tigers to come up good in subsequent matches, by improving on their game.

“It enjoined all Nigerians to rally around the team, as the D’Tigers continue in their quest to make Nigeria proud and to qualify for the 2025 Afrobasket championship,“he said..

He said that the federation was working hard to ensure that all steps are  put in place by the Ministry and NBBF to ensure a seamless execution of the tournament.

D’Tigers will play their next group game against Uganda.

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EPL: Lee Sharps wants ex-PSG coach to replace Ten Hag at Man Utd

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Former Manchester Player, Lee Sharps wants former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery to replace Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag’s long-term future at Man United is unclear because of the Re Devils’ performances this season.

Man United currently sit outside of the Premier League top four behind the likes of Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.

In a recent interview with DAZN, Sharpe said:

“If I were choosing and Erik ten Hag was to go, Unai Emery would be at the top of my list.

“I think given the support and the full backing, he could replicate what he has done at [Aston] Villa. I think he’d be a class manager for United.”

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Europa League: Klopp reacts as Atalanta sends Liverpool out of competition

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has hailed his players despite their exit from the Europa League.

The Reds beat Atalanta 1-0 in Bergamo, but lost the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

After Mohamed Salah’s early penalty, Klopp’s men failed to get more goals, despite having control for most of the game.

Klopp has now said they will concentrate on the Premier League, where they are in third place, two points behind leaders Manchester City.

“It was clear we gave ourselves a massive hurdle. I liked the game a lot tonight with the desire and power the boys show. It was incredible from them.

“It was really tricky and we were too hasty in moments. We won the game and that was the reaction we wanted to show. It was difficult and we knew it would be but they deserve to go through 100%.

“We have to focus on the league and that is exactly what we will do from now. Tonight we won the game so we are back to winning ways.

“We have a few days to recover to go again against Fulham. That will be a different game but it will be tricky,” Klopp said.

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Juventus releases statement after order to pay Cristiano Ronaldo’s unpaid wages

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Italian giants Juventus have released a statement after being ordered to pay their former player, Cristiano Ronaldo his unpaid wages.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, ordered the Serie A giants to pay Cristiano Ronaldo his unpaid wages.

The court gave the verdict following a dispute arising from pay reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ronaldo, who now laces his boots for Saudi Super League side, Al-Nassr, told the court he was owed €19.5 million ($20.81 million) by the Turin giants in unpaid wages.

The Court ruling will see Juventus pay Ronaldo around half that amount, with a €9.8 million settlement reached.

The Italian giants quickly moved to make a statement after the ruling, stating, “The arbitration tribunal ruled Juve had to pay half of the sum requested by the 39-year-old Portugal striker.

“They partially granted the request made by [Ronaldo]… ascertaining Juventus’ pre-contractual liability resulting from the failure of negotiations and ordered the defendant to pay an amount of approximately Euro 9.8 million.”

Juventus have also hinted at their desire to contest the ruling in their statement, saying:
“The Company, also with the support of its legal counsel, is reviewing the decision made by the arbitration board, reserving all assessments and initiatives to preserve its rights.”

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