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Neymar Set To Deliver PSG On The Biggest Stage.



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Paris Saint-Germain’s fortunes in the Champions League in recent years have been inextricably linked to those of Neymar, even before they bought the Brazilian for a world record fee, and if he maintains his recent form in Sunday’s final it may make the difference against formidable Bayern Munich.

At 28, Neymar is desperate to get his hands on another Champions League winner’s medal, five years after he won the competition with Barcelona.

If he can play the starring role in a PSG victory — while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus were absent altogether from the ‘Final Eight’ and Lionel Messi and Barcelona went home in disarray — he will perhaps be accepted as the best player in the world, even with no Ballon d’Or in this pandemic year.

It would be good timing for Netflix too, with the streaming service currently working on a documentary series about his season in Paris according to reports in Brazil.

And for PSG and their Qatari owners, it would validate their decision to pay 222 million euros ($264 million) to take him from Barcelona three years ago, after his first two seasons in the French capital were overshadowed by injury and constant reports that he was unsettled.

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When Paris signed him in August 2017, they were still reeling in the wake of their spectacular Champions League exit against Barcelona a few months earlier.

After a stunning 4-0 win in the first leg of that last-16 tie, PSG collapsed in the return at the Camp Nou. Barcelona scored three times after the 88th minute, with Neymar hitting two of them, as Barcelona won 6-1. PSG went out, humiliated.

It was not the first time PSG had been stung by Neymar — when the sides met in the quarter-finals in 2015, he scored the first goal as Barca won 3-1 in France and then scored both in a 2-0 second-leg win.

– Melodrama –

But Neymar’s first two years at the Parc des Princes were one long melodrama.

A brilliant player who was happy at Barcelona but had been eager to step out of Messi’s shadow, he never appeared at ease in his new surroundings.

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By the summer of 2019 it was no secret he wanted to leave. The move had been a mistake, but then it became clear the transfer back to Barcelona would not happen.

His first campaign in Paris was ruined by a fractured metatarsal which meant he could not help PSG try to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid.

Fast forward to 2019 and a new foot injury forced him to miss both legs of the last-16 defeat by Manchester United.

PSG lost on away goals after conceding a late penalty at home in the second leg. Neymar, watching on, took to Instagram to insult the referee and received a three-match ban.

He did not appear again in a Champions League game for PSG until a 2-2 draw against Real last November. By which time he had accepted his situation and knuckled down.

Now he is central to everything PSG are doing. He is happy too, especially alongside Kylian Mbappe.

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“We are more or less the same age and we have a laugh together off the pitch. We hit it off straight away,” says Mbappe, who is 21.

“We respect each other, we have a lot of fun. We are also less focused on ourselves now and more worried about the other guys around us, because we understand that we need everyone else to be able to win. We can’t do it with just the two of us.”

Neymar scored in both legs against Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 and cried afterwards. He was excellent against Atalanta in the quarter-finals and magnificent against RB Leipzig in the semi-finals, even if he did not score in either game.

PSG will hope Neymar — who has scored 70 times altogether in 84 matches for them — has been saving his next goal for the final.

“I hope that the good lord will help him to score on Sunday and us to win,” said his compatriot Thiago Silva.

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NYCN Chairman’s Cup: Amb. Ogohi reiterate commitment to grassroots sports development



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Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),  Ambassador Usman Ogohi has reiterate his commitment towards the growth of grassroots sports development in the state.

Amb. Ogohi in his chat with members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Kogi State Chapter during the opening kickoff of Amb. Usman Ogohi football tournament at Aneibo field, Gadumo in Lokoja disclosed that the tournament is a beginning of several sports initiative programmes to come.

According to him, the best way of harnessing raw sports talent for the state and the country is to invest heavily into grassroots sports with the aim of catching them young and helping those making efforts on their own to find their feat.

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Ogohi further disclosed that the competition which comprises of eight teams bottling for the grand price is also targeted at engaging youth in the community to distract them and sensitize them from all forms of Anti Social vices.

Ogohi while appreciating the passion and commitment of Lokoja based street football teams and others from the 21 Local Government Areas of the State, encouraged them to keep believing in themselves as opportunities will come knocking at their doors sooner than expected.

He further reiterate his commitment towards promoting sports and other sector that would help Kogi youth grow and be comfortable with life.

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kick starting the opening match, Newlayout Football Club whitewashed, thrashed her opponent Peace Community by 5 goals to nill, with three of the goals scored in the first half of the game and two in the other half.

Speaking to members of Kogi SWAN after the opening match, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Comrade Femi Abiodun called on youths to shun Cultism and other vices which according to him has become one of the greatest negative bane in the society.

He appealed to stakeholders in the sports sector and corporate organizations in the state to support the National Youth Council in the State so as to enable them sustain the tournament annually and extended to other committees in the state capital and across the LG.

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Boom! Anthony Joshua Lost WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Titles to Usyk



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Boom! Anthony Joshua Lost WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Titles to Usyk


By: Joshua Adinoyi

It was a thrilling fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium outside of London on Saturday night as Briton’s Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine threw tactical punches on one another while contesting for the WBO, WBA and IBF titles earlier held by Joshua.

Joshua, 31, despite fighting in front of nearly 70,000 supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was unable to meet up his pre-match promise of retaining the titles as his opponent, Usyk 34, ripped him of the unified heavyweight titles.

Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) claimed Joshua’s WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles by using a combination of footwork, head movement and a sharp left hand to keep Joshua off balance throughout the 12-round affair.

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With tears in his eyes as he raised his arms in the center of the ring after an unanimous decision, the Ukrainian Boxer said: “This means much for me, a lot, the fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special

“I have been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight, it took me some half a year and I didn’t see my family for so long

“I miss my children and I miss watching them play. I want to go home and be happy and I’m not thinking about the rematch at this second”

Usyk dominated from the first bell, as score card of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were reward after a sensational display from the unbeaten Ukrainian, who became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

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Oleksandr Usyk’s extraordinary victory over Anthony Joshua earned him the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.

Joshua, who left the ring with a swollen right eye did not speak in the aftermath as he sought medical care.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport ultimately believes his fighter will seek a second bout.

“The rematch is going to be tough but there is nowhere to hide because AJ is at the stage of his career where he wants his world championship and he’s already talking about it now”

Meanehile, minutes after the match, Joshua tweeted via his official account “Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

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“London I love you & thank you each and every time!”

Joshua, 31, was supposed to face WBC and lineal champion Tyson Fury this summer but plans were canceled after Deontay Wilder won a court injunction to invoke a trilogy bout against Fury for Oct. 9.

Instead of setting up plans for an all-England summit for the undisputed title, the next development besides Wilder-Fury III will be whether Joshua accepts his own contractually obligated rematch against Usyk.

Some fans of Anthony Joshua had already taken to the social media that the Heavyweight star will seek for a rematch where he will reclaim his honor as he earlier did with Andy Ruiz Jnr.

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.……Charges Parents to Encourage their Wards to Take up Sporting Activities


By: Godwin Wambebe

The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of the Saint Clement Minor Seminary, Adankolo Lokoja has commissioned a standard outdoor badminton court it built for the use of students of the seminary.

Kogi State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Idris Musa, who was represented at the event by a Director in the Ministry, Mr. David Ogazuma, thanked the PTA for the laudable project which is aimed at improving the game of badminton in the school and the State in general.

He said the Ministry was expecting some sporting equipment for the National Youths Games, promising that the school will be given some badminton equipment from the Ministry at delivery.

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Speaking, Chairman of the PTA of the School, Mr. Bayo Ilori, said the dwindling fortune of the sport in the State and the interest shown by student of the seminary in the sport, made the Association to embark on the construction of the court so as to encourage them and also to move the game out of doldrums of badminton obscurity back into reckoning.

Mr. Bayo, a Retired National Badminton player and an international certified badminton umpire, noted that the court was built with standard materials that will stand the test of time and also shapen the youngsters into becoming national and prominent badminton stars in the nearest future.

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The PTA Chairman narrates that “the game of badminton was introduced to me in my secondary school days and since then, I never looked back

“I grew up in the Game not only as a nationally recognized and accomplished player but also an international cerified umpire of the game

“So when I had the opportunity as the PTA Chairman of this school, I decided to replicate same by giving opportunity to these youngsters to also build themselves by constructing a standard court where they will be trained from the grassroots and they (the stakeholders) will in turn tap from the good talents

“We sent the school’s game master to attend a BWF international course shuttle time in Lagos organized by the Nigeria Badminton Federation and with that knowledge acquired and the newly built court, they will tap into the abundant talent that abounds in these kids and get future stars”

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My simple charge to parents is that they should please, allow their children/wards take part in sporting activities irrespective of the sports they wish to take part in, you never can tell, it maybe God’s plan for them” he added.

The ceremony which was declared open by the Assistant Rector of the Seminary, Rev. Father Bernard Ologunagba, featured the Commissioning of the outdoor court by the representative of the Kogi State Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, Tour of Badminton Court, Exhibition Match where a young promising talent, Master Michael Ilori became the cynosure of all eyes, amongst others.

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