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Former Nigerian-born England defender, Ehiogu, dies

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Former Nigerian-born England defender, Ehiogu, dies

Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday.

A Spurs statement said Ehiogu died in hospital in the early hours of Friday.

Ehiogu, who was Spurs’ Under-23s coach, was capped four times by England.

“Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,” said Tottenham’s head of coaching and development John McDermott.

“Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.”

Ehiogu made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 and then spent seven years at Middlesbrough.

He won the League Cup with Villa in 1994 and 1996, and also with Boro in 2004.

The centre-back also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United, before retiring in 2009. He began coaching at Tottenham in 2014.

Ehiogu was a co-founder of music label Dirty Hit, which has British indie band The 1975 on its books, reports the BBC.

He married his wife, Gemma, in 2005 and had two children – son Obi Jackson and daughter Jodie.

Villa will hold a minute’s applause before their Championship match against Birmingham City on Sunday, with both sets of players to wear black armbands.

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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire in mid air after ‘bird flies into engine’

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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire in mid air after ‘bird flies into engine’

Saudi Arabia’s official team plane caught fire in mid air as they travelled to their World Cup match on Wednesday.

The Green Falcons, who fell to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Russia on the opening day of the World Cup, were on their way to Rostov in preparation for their second Group A match when the incident happened.

Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus as they flew in to take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

An official statement read from the football association read: “The Saudi Football Federation wishes to reassure everyone about the safety of all members of the mission of the national team after a minor technical malfunction in an engine.

“The plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence.”

Videos uploaded to twitter show fire shooting from the engines underneath the wings.

The plane was a Rossiya Russian Airlines Airbus A319-100 and no one was hurt in what must have been a terrifying incident.

A statement from Rossiya claimed that the preliminary cause of malfunction was a bird flying into the engine – but both were working on landing at Rostov-on-Don.

“As flight FV1007 from St Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don began to land, the (Airbus) A319 plane suffered a technical fault with one of its engines, with a bird getting caught seen as the preliminary cause,” a Rossiya airlines spokesman said.

“Nothing threatened the safety of the passengers. The aircraft’s landing took place in a routine fashion. No warning was sounded during the landing at Rostov-on-Don airport,” the spokesman said.

The players were then filmed calmly leaving the stricken jet, which is 12 years old, before travelling to their hotel in the south of the country after leaving Moscow.

The aircraft was initially purchased as new by American airline Frontier Airlines, before being bought by Russian-based Donavia in July 2013.

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Ezenwa: We can still progress

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Ezenwa: We can still progress

Despite defeat to Croatia in which many fan described the Super Eagles performance as far below par, Enyimba International FC goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as come out to state that the team is still very focus on making it out of Group D.

 

“We remain focus as a team so as not to allow the defeat against Croatia weighs us down because we got two winnable matches ahead,” he said.

 

The former IfeanyiUbah goaltender went on to describe the experience as a big lesson for the team even as he went on to encourage Uzoho [a player he calls his younger brother] to not allow the result affect him as his performance was very good despite conceding two.

 

“It’s a big lesson for us. We have taken the positives from the game and moved on. The focus now is on our next game against Iceland.

 

“Uzoho did very well despite losing 2 – 0 on the night. He should remain focused and not allow the defeat weigh him down.

“I have been encouraging him (Uzoho) because I see him as a younger brother as he did his best but the two goals he conceded were not chances anyone would say he should have saved.”

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Iceland show support for Ikeme

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Super Eagles next World Cup Group D foes Iceland have backed Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme to beat the acute leukemia he was diagnosed with last year.

Iceland face the Eagles in Volgograd on Friday in continuation of the World Cup in Russia.

Iceland forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, a former teammate of Ikeme at Wolverhampton Wanderers, has posted on Twitter a picture holding a shirt with Ikeme’s name and No.1 on it with his teammates surrounding him.

Ikeme, who would have been the Super Eagles first choice in Russia, was diagnosed with acute leukemia during a pre-season routine medical check-up at his club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He is now undergoing treatment in England

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