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Ex-Nigeria international, Justice Christopher dies at 40

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Former Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder, Justice Christopher, on Wednesday, slummed and died in a hotel at Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria.

Report of his death broke in the early hours of Wednesday.

Christopher was said to have featured in a social football game a day before his demise. Official report as to circumstance that led to his demise is still unknown.

The former Nigerian midfielder captained Nigeria’s U-20 in 2001, made his senior national team debut same year, and went to accrue 11 caps.

He was part of Nigeria’s squad at the Africa Cup of Nations, Mali 2002 and Japan/Korea World in 2002.

The Nigeria Football Federation in a released statement said:

“We are devastated to hear of the sudden passing away of former @NGSuperEagles midfielder Justice Christopher early on Wednesday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and football community in Nigeria. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

His former teammate and one the Super Eagles assistant coach, Joseph Yobo has paid tribute to his “close friend”.

“My family and I are deeply saddened by the awful news that my close friend Christopher has passed away. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Yobo said.

Christopher began his senior career at Katsin United in 1999. He had a spell at Sharks and Bendel Insurance, before signing for Royal Antwerp.

His body has been deposited at the Plateau Specialists hospital, where autopsy will be carried out.

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Ghana coach, Otto Addo, resigns after World Cup ouster

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Black Stars of Ghana coach, Otto Addo, has resigned following the team’s World Cup group stage elimination after suffering a 2-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday.

The 47-year-old former international who was named as an interim replacement for sacked Milovan Rajevac in February, before he was given a permanently deal till the end of December, threw in the towel shortly after the team’s failure to progress to the round of 16 at tournament.

Addo who is the talent coach at German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund, in a press conference where he announced his resignation, said:

“I always said if we qualified for the World Cup, I’d resign afterwards, even if we were world champions. My family see our future in Germany.”

Addo who was born in Hamburg, Germany, to Ghanaian parents, was a junior German international before he switched allegiance to the country of his parents.

A no-nonsense defensive midfielder during his playing days, Addo played for the Ghana national team for seven years commencing starting from 1999 his when he made his debut in a 5–0 routing of Eritrea on 28 February 1999.

He went on to play in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and in the 2006 FIFA World Cup where he started the game against the Czech Republic on 17 June 2006 at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, which Ghana won 2–0.

Ghana was Addo’s first managerial job after several roles at clubs in Germany and Denmark.

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Qatar 2022: Gallant Cameroon crash out of World Cup despite beating Brazil 1-0

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The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon created another football upset when they became the first African team to defeat Brazil at a World Cup tournament after beating the five-times world champions 1-0 in last Group G match at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on Friday.

However, the gallant Lions crashed out of the World Cup as the win was not enough to earn them a last 16 place after Switzerland defeated Serbia to finish second.

Rigobert Song’s men got a late winner through captain Vincent Aboubakar’s stoppage-time header to earn Cameroon a memorable late win over the Selecao, but the forward was then sent off for taking off his jersey while celebrating the goal.

Cameroon went into the game knowing they needed to beat Brazil to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockouts and they upheld their end of the bargain, but their efforts were thwarted with Switzerland’s win over Serbia which meant Cameroon finished third in the group as Brazil had already qualified as group winners before the crunch tie.

The South Americans held onto top spot in the group due to their superior goal difference over Switzerland, meaning they will face South Korea for a place in the quarter-finals on Monday evening.

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