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EPL: Mourinho names ‘not ready’ youngsters in United squad

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says some of the club’s young players “are not ready” for first-team action.

Mourinho has named eight players who could make their debuts in his squad for Sunday’s last Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace.

“To play so many kids at the same time, honestly, I don’t think is good. You want them to be surrounded by players who support them,” said the Portuguese.

United are guaranteed sixth place, while Palace are safe from relegation.

Sam Allardyce’s side are 13th going into the match at Old Trafford (15:00 BST kick-off), but a victory and other results going their way could see them finish as high as 11th.

Mourinho’s side face Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday knowing victory will earn them a place in the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

In addition, striker Marcus Rashford, who has 11 goals this season, defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who has played 10 times this season, and Axel Tuanzebe, who has played four times, should be in the United squad on Sunday. All three are 19.

United have already won the EFL Cup this season, and Mourinho’s team selection has Wednesday’s Europa League final in mind.

Mourinho said Paul Pogba – the world’s most expensive player – will play on Sunday having missed the past two games after the death of his father, while fellow midfielder Marouane Fellaini will have a scan on a hamstring injury, reports the BBC.

Meanwhile, captain Wayne Rooney – who has been linked with a summer transfer – may have missed the chance of an Old Trafford farewell, as Mourinho said the England international would “probably not” be involved.

“It’s a great experience for the kids but they are not ready. Maybe one at a time but not all together,” added the former Chelsea manager.

“I spoke with [Under-23 coach] Nicky Butt and his opinion is important. When they played at Old Trafford, I have been there. They trained with me many times. I know the kids.

“We bring the ones who are more adapted to our team at the moment. Our biggest problem is the number of matches. It is unbelievable.”

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Obaseki ready to unveil rebranded Bendel Insurance

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All is now set for the unveiling of the rebranded Bendel Insurance Football Club and the technical crew ahead of the 2018 National League football season and it will be done by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. A statement from the Government House, Benin City and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Ebomhiana Musa, read that the technical crew was headed by Monday Odigie as the Manager, while he is to be assisted by Baldwin Bazuaye as the chief coach and Greg Ikhenobas the assistant coach. Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, is the chairman of the committee charged with the responsibility of repositioning sports in the state.

According to Shaibu,” With the calibre of players we have on board coupled with the technical crew, we have no doubt that Bendel Insurance FC are out to thrill football lovers with good play and bring back the old glory associated with the club. Ultimately they will move to the premier league where we believe they are rightfully belong to with the kind of investment we have put into it.”

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Lagos Polo: Caverton, Agad, Optima Energy triumph

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Lagos Caveron/Sao Polo began their chase for a place in the final of the Low Cup of the 2018 Lagos International Polo Tournament mainly sponsored by GTBank with an 8 – 4 ½ win over Lagos STL. Lagos Optima Energy outgalloped their city rivals, Lagos Plug to also brighten their chances of making it to Sunday’s final.

Martin Juaregi, unsurprisingly, ran the show on behalf of Caverton/ Sao Polo netting a large chunk of his side’s goals while Jamilu Umar and Rotimi Makajuola, the side’s patron, were also on target. STL parading Omololu Agoro, Mario Gomez, Khalifa Ibrahim and Seyi Tinubu, who is the patron began on ½ goal handicap but had their lead wiped off in the opening chukka with Argentine four-goaler, Juaregi scoring twice but STL stayed in touch with a goal by Ibrahim.

The third match of the day saw Lagos Plug having no answer to the intense play of Optima Energy who ran out 7-2 winners. Ibrahim Dantala and Saidu Umar starred as Optima Energy were optimally energized for what turned out to be a resounding victory.. The match between Lagos Agad and Kaduna Trappco which was called-off due to poor visibility was concluded with Agad scoring a goal to win 7- 5 1/2 having led 6 – 7 1/2 before the final two minutes was decided.

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NOGIG 2018: NAOC, DPR shine in scrabble

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Nigerian Agip Oil Company and Department of Petroleum Resources shared the gold medals in the scrabble event of the ongoing 17th Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry Games tagged NOGIG 2018. Vivien Kagbo representing NAOC won gold medal in the women’s category after amassing 10+1119 points after 12 rounds of game.

The silver medal went to Adesanwo Olusola, while Akpagher Vihimga got the bronze medal. In the men’s category, DPR’s Iyanam Nsikan came tops after withstanding stiff oppositions in 26 rounds of game, garnering 24+2809 points, the silver and bronze went to Shell’s Osikhena Ojior and Mpakaboari Jack respectively. Nsikan, who spoke after emerging as the men’s champion, attributed his gold-winning feat to hard work and determination to excel, insisting that he never doubted his ability to win.

He admitted that the only player that gave him tough time in the game was Adowei Ebikeme of Chevron, who finished fourth. “I’m excited with the victory. It didn’t come to me as a surprise though. It’s all about hard work and determination.

I must admit that the victory was not that easy. I was really tested by Chevron’s Adowei Ebikeme. He gave me a real fight but I was equal to the task. In general it was a good championship,” he said. The team events will be concluded Friday (today).

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