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This is my worst-ever start – Mourinho reacts to Roma’s 4-1 defeat to Genoa

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Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said this is “the worst start to a season as manager”.

The Serie A team sit in 16th place after recording just one win in their opening six league games.

Mourinho’s men also have the third-worst defensive record in Serie A this season, with 11 goals conceded.

Roma’s latest setback came on Thursday in a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Genoa.

“It’s also the worst start of my career, but I think it was also the first time in Roma’s history that we played two European finals in a row,” Mourinho told a news conference.

“You can cry internally because it hurts your heart, also because of my relationship with Roma fans it affects me even more, because it is not a personal issue but also a general one that makes me feel this way.”

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Amusan wins fourth national women’s 100m hurdles title

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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

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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

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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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