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NLO mourns former Technical Director of NFF, Coach Laloko



The National Nationwide League One (NLO) has condoled with the family of the late Coach Kashimawo Laloko, former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Recalled that Laloko’s death was confirmed by his family members.

The veteran coach, aged 76, died on Sunday, March 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Hospital, Abeokuta in Ogun State.

The South-East Director of NLO, Ebere Amaraizu, told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday that Laloko was beyond a football coach but a youth mentor and developer.

According to Amaraizu, Laloko gave ultimate attention to the channeling of energies of youths to positive ideals through grassroots football development.

“The great coach saw to the growth, self discovery and channeling of youthful energies to positivism, which is the belief, vision and mission of the NLO.

“He was highly versatile in youths’ self discovery and talent hunt programmes.

“Many football stars like John Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, Soga Sambo, Elderson Echiejile, Joseph Akpala, Yinka Adedeji among others were discovered by him,” he said.

The NLO director said that “indeed, Nigeria has lost one of its best tacticians and a football talent discoverer and developer.

“I, however, join millions of football lovers in and outside the country to continue to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.

“I am also advocating for a build up on his various positive legacies.”

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EPL: Man Utd to sack Ten Hag if they lose next three games – Merson




Arsenal legend, Paul Merson has said Manchester United will sack manager Erik ten Hag if they lose their next three fixtures.

The Red Devils host Chelsea in the Premier League this Wednesday

United lost 1-0 at Newcastle in their last game and will be looking to bounce back when they host the Blues.

Ten Hag’s men go into the game nine points off leaders Arse

In the Champions League, United sit bottom of their group ahead of their final fixture against Bayern Munich.

Merson believes that the next three games could determine the manager’s fate.

“If they lose to Chelsea, Bournemouth, and Bayern, I don’t see how Ten Hag keeps his job.

“I do think they’ll beat Bournemouth, however, and they could do well against a Bayern Munich side that has already qualified for the Round of 16,” Merson wrote for Sportskeeda.

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Championship: Ndidi talks up Leicester City’s promotion chase




Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, has highlighted the importance of Saturday’s win at West Brom to the team’s promotion quest.

The Foxes defeated Carlos Corberan’s men 2-1 at the Hawthorns with Harry Winks netting the winner in stoppage time.

Ndidi provided the assist for Kiernan Dewberry-Hall opener which was cancelled out later by Josh Maja.

Leicester City maintained top position on the table and remain on course to secure an immediate return to the top-flight after their relegation last season.

“It was really brilliant,”he told the club’s official website.

“You could see how we acted on the bench and all the fans. It was really amazing because we actually needed it.

“We know it is very tight at the moment with the fact that the last game was not the best game, but we knew if we could get this, it’s really amazing because it gives us more steps ahead. It was really good.”

Enzo Maresca’s men will be back in action again on Saturday when they will welcome Plymouth Argyle to the King Power Stadium.

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EPL: Guardiola reveals Tottenham manager that made title hard to win



Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has claimed it is now harder to win the Premier League.

Guardiola was speaking to the media on Friday, ahead of the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

According to him, Spurs have “always been up there” since Mauricio Pochettino became their manager.

“It [the Premier League] is a more difficult competition to win and I have said many times that every season it is getting better. So more teams involved and every single game is so difficult.

“Ever since Mauricio Pochettino has arrived, I would say Spurs have always been up there, so yes, they are a fantastic team.

“Of course, they have a lot of absences now, but I saw the first 15-20 minutes against Aston Villa and they created a lot of chances, especially in their approach.

“So it is definitely really good for football,” Guardiola said.

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