Football fan dies after push from stand

  An Argentine football fan has died of head injuries – two days after being pushed from a stand by an angry crowd who thought he was a rival supporter. Emanuel Balbo, 22, had reportedly quarrelled with a man during Saturday’s derby between his Belgrano team and the visiting Talleres in the northern city of Cordoba. Witnesses said the man had shouted that Balbo was a disguised Talleres fan. He was then pushed over the edge of a stand, video images showed. He fell onto concrete stairs from a height…

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Expect war in Rwanda, Amiesimaka tells Rivers

Nigerian football legend, Adokiye Amiesimaka, has warned Rivers United to be prepared for a stiff challenge when they face Rwandan club, Rayon Sports, in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie. The Nigerian club eased to a 2-0 win in the first leg at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday to put themselves in the box seat for qualification for the group stage of the competition. “First, I want to say congratulations to Rivers United FC of Nigeria for an encouraging performance (on Sunday),” Amiesimaka…

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Ireland ahead of Nigeria in race for Man United’s youngster

The Nigeria Football Federation are lagging behind their Republic of Ireland counterparts in the race for the services of Manchester United wonderkid Ayodeji Sotona. The Football Association of Ireland have identified the talented winger as a future star and moved fast to cap him for their youth teams though he is eligible to represent Nigeria through his parents. Born 2003, Deji netted on his first start for the Republic of Ireland U-15 in their 1-1 draw with the Netherlands back in February. He began his career with Mullingar Athletic AFC…

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CAFCC: Rivers Utd beat Rayon Sports 2-0

Rivers United on Sunday took a step closer to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after defeating Rayon Sports of Rwanda 2-0 in Port Harcourt. The Garden City outfit is the only Nigerian team on the continent after the elimination of Rangers who lost 5-2 on aggregates to Zesco United of Zambia at the weekend. A goal apiece in each half from Emeka Atuloma and Guy Kuemian gave Rivers a 2-0 lead ahead of the second leg tie this weekend in Rwanda. It would have been 3-0 in…

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Ahmedu, Omotayo, Yusuf, call for NSC’s return

The President of the Federation of International Basketball Association, Africa Zone 3, Colonel Sam Ahmedu, athletics coach, Professor Seun Omotayo, and Former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation, Tijani Yusuf, has called for the return of the National Sports Commission. The trio noted that sports had suffered a lot in the country and the only way forward was the return of the commission with top technocrats in charge. “The NSC must come back,” Ahmedu said. “This was part of the Recommendations of the National Sports Reform Committee. A bill…

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Anthony Joshua: ‘Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people’

Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he’s won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua, the Hertfordshire bricklayer who has become British boxing’s greatest star, is a busy boy. After months of trying to find a gap in his schedule, we finally isolate a weekend in Watford. Within 24 hours, that’s shifted to a Friday in Sheffield, and a modern, unremarkable cul-de-sac on…

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Mourinho the Drama King and his extraordinary 10 jibes

Jose Mourinho, has become the most dramatic club coach in the world and at a point he was adjudged the best coach on planet earth having won titles in the major leagues in Europe. He is widely regarded by several players and coaches to be one of the best managers of his generation and one of the greatest ever managers. Players, coaches, and commentators describe him as one of the greatest and most successful managers in the world. In 2015, Mourinho was named Portuguese Coach of the Century by the…

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