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Lewandowski Is A Star, But Neymar Is At Messi And Ronaldo Level.

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This Sunday, Neymar and Robert Lewandowski face each other in the Champions League final as PSG and Bayern Munich do battle. Deco compared both players.

The Champions League final will attract the eyes of the whole footballing world. Neymar and Lewandowski are among the players wanting to win the Champions League in Lisbon.

Deco, who has won the Champions League twice with Porto and Barcelona, spoke about the match which concludes the 2019-20 season.

“The final is very important when it comes to saying who is the best and Lewandowski is a great player, a star, he could be the best striker in the area around, but Neymar is different. He is at the same level as Messi and Cristiano,” Deco told ‘Goal’.

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The ex-player is clear that Neymar has matured. “He changed a while back and that is what gives you the experience and the maturity to deal with certain things. Now he is in a moment of his career in which he has the maturity to understand the game and his own body,” he added.

“Neymar will never lose his essence because that is his game, he doesn’t have to change because he is already a different player and we can’t ask him to be a player he isn’t. He’s happy on the field of play, he knows he has to dribble past players to get on the attack. That was how he surprised the whole world, that’s the way he plays by enjoying himself and making us enjoy,” Deco explained.

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Deco than said who he preferred: “As a fan and a spectator, I prefer Neymar over Lewandowski because he’s nicer to watch, he’s a different type of player.”

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Sheikh Hassan Team, Ganaja, Ultimate FC, Crowned Winners Of The Maiden Sheikh Hassan Unity Cup In Lokoja

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…Organizer Promises Sustenance of the Competition.

By Joshua Adinoyi, Lokoja

The Confluence Stadium, Lokoja was on Friday 5th March 2021 agog with jubilant football lovers from within and outside the State Capital to grace the finals of the 2021 Maiden Sheikh Hassan Unity Cup.

The competition which started with 11 teams from the three Senatorial Districts of the State saw Sheikh Hassan team emerged winner while Ganaja FC and Ultimate FC emerged first and second runner up of the competition.

The Sheikh Hassan team were crowned champion after defeating Ganaja FC 5-3 in a penalty shootout.

The two teams, despite showcasing skills were unable to convert chances at the regular time, leaving supporters on their feet all through.

A superb catch by the Goalkeeper of Sheikh Hassan team, David Achimi and a poor kick from a player of Ganaja FC that went over the bar was enough to seal the needed victory for the organizer’s team.

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Speaking with the organizer of the competition, Sheikh Hassan Mikhail (Abejukolo) whose joy knows no bound over the victory recorded by his team, appreciated Almighty Allah for the enablement to bring youths together and engaged them in profitable venture.

Sheikh Hassan said the competition “Sheikh Hassan Unity Cup” was organized to foster unity, promote peace and as well, help youths showcase their talents in the round leather games.

“One thing I’ve always craved for is seeing people coexisting peacefully irrespective of tribe and football is one of the major platforms that has provided such opportunity. Football knows no tribe, religion and ones background does not matter on the field of play because all that matters is playing as a team and emerge victorious at the end of the day”

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“I am glad that Allah used me as a tool to bring about this competition, seeing youths from across the three Senatorial Districts of the State displaying football skills on the pitch, hearing spectators jubilating and cheering their various teams really gives me joy. I once again thank Allah for using me to put smiles on the faces of others through this competition”

Speaking on the victory of his team, he said “it was Allah’s wish that we emerge winner of the competition because many teams started the competition but they couldn’t make it to the finals but we made it to the finals and as well won the trophy. Allah be praised”

Sheikh Hassan explained that there was need for youths to find their talent and build their lives around it, stressing that not all human have been destined to engage in white collar jobs.

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He enjoined political office holders, cooperate organizations and well-to-do individuals in Kogi State to go all out and get youths engaged in profitable ventures such as football competitions, entrepreneurship skills, musical competition among others for the betterment of the society.

Sheikh Hassan hinted that plans are on to sustain the competition and charged teams that took part in the Maiden edition to continue to build their talents, pointing out that preparation is the bedrock of success.

Sheikh Hassan Ganaja

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The competition featured presentation of trophy as cash of 50,000, 30,000 and 20,000 were given to Sheikh Hassan Team, Ganaja FC, Ultimate FC respectively and other football kits by the organizer, Sheikh Hassan Mikhail.

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Manchester City Thrash Liverpool To End 18-Year Anfield Hoodoo

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Manchester City ended an 18-year wait to beat Liverpool at Anfield in style with a 4-1 win on Sunday to take a firm grip on the Premier League title race.

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice and missed a penalty as Pep Guardiola’s men moved five points clear of Manchester United, with a game in hand to come, at the top of the table.

A third consecutive home defeat leaves Liverpool 10 points off the top in fourth, having also played a game more than City.

Raheem Sterling and the outstanding Phil Foden were also on target for the visitors on a day to forget for Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who was at fault for three of City’s goals.

After a club record-breaking run of 68 league games unbeaten at Anfield, Liverpool have now lost three consecutive home league games for the first time since 1963.

The margin of defeat was also the Reds’ biggest in the Premier League era as City landed a knockout blow to their title defence.

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City’s club record run of 14 consecutive wins, 10 of which have come in the league, has seen them pull away from the pack at the top of the table from what seemed a wide-open title race just a few weeks ago.

That run is reminiscent of the City and Liverpool sides at their best over the past three seasons as they have ran up record points tallies in combining to win the last three league titles.

However, Liverpool appear to have run out of gas in an injury-hit campaign after ending a 30-year wait to win a league title by taking City’s crown as champions last season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp again paired midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson together at centre-back, despite new loan signing Ozan Kabak being available on the bench.

The Liverpool backline had been rarely tested until Sterling ran at them eight minutes before the break and the former Reds winger was upended by Fabinho.

Kevin De Bruyne missed a penalty for City when the sides met earlier in the season, while Riyad Mahrez blazed over from the spot in a 0-0 draw at Anfield in 2018 – the only time Guardiola had previously avoided defeat away to Liverpool as City manager.

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The Catalan threw his arms up in disgust as Gundogan also failed to hit the target as his spot-kick flew well over the bar.

Not for the first time in City’s fine run, Guardiola started without a recognised striker, but a half-time tinkering of his formation to push Bernardo Silva closer to Foden in attack paid immediate dividends.

Another purposeful burst from Sterling fed Foden and after his low shot was saved by Alisson, Gundogan this time made no mistake on the rebound to score his seventh goal in 11 league games.

City had conceded just twice in their 13 league games, thanks in large part to the formidable partnership of Ruben Dias and John Stones in central defence.

In contrast, Liverpool had not scored at Anfield in over six hours until a rare error from Dias handed the champions a lifeline just after the hour mark.

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The Portuguese’s attempted clearance was blocked by Mohamed Salah, who was then pulled down by Dias.

Salah has not missed a penalty for Liverpool since 2017 and made no mistake when he fired straight down the middle.

But Liverpool could not build on that reprieve as the normally dependable Alisson gifted away two goals in comical fashion.

The Brazilian cleared the ball straight to Foden, who wriggled clear inside the area before squaring for Gundogan to tap home his second off the underside of the bar.

Seconds later, Alisson’s confidence seemed to have gone as another wayward attempted clearance picked out a City player as this time Silva crossed for Sterling to score his first goal at Anfield since leaving Liverpool six years ago.

Foden then completed the rout and an outstanding personal performance with a blistering shot seven minutes from time that also escaped Alisson’s grasp.

 

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“Covid-19 Has Caused A Lot Of Set Back To Sporting Activities Across The Globe” – Mr. Sylvanus

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By Our Reporter, Lokoja.

The Permanent Secretary, Kogi State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sylvanus Akpama, says the advent of the dreaded Corona Virus across the Globe has caused a lot of havoc to sporting activities.

In an interview with Globaltimesnigeria.com in his Office in Lokoja, he said most sports involves body contact with opponents, saying that the social distance rules to avoid the spread of Covid-19 has affected the sector.

“Covid-19 has affected sporting activities greatly. Infact, we are one of the most hit sector in the world because sporting activities requires large gathering of sportsmen/women, officials and of course, spectators. So, judging from the nature and design of sports and Covid-19 protocols, you will know that obviously, the sector has really been hit so much”

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The Permanent Secretary explained that in Nigeria, the highly anticipated National Sports Festival tagged “Edo 2020” was postponed due to the pandemic, stressing that an end to the global scourge will do the sector a lot of good.

“Driving the point back home, our National Sports Festival that every States prepared for with athletes in high spirits to showcase what they are made of was postponed because of Corona Virus. Since the advent of Covid-19, we’ve not really had a major sporting event in Nigeria. But in this 2021,we are very hopeful of revived sporting activities across the Country and get our athletes back on track”

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Mr. Sylvanus Akpama however enjoined sportsmen and women, particularly those in Kogi State to continue to keep fit, adding that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

 

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